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Substance Abuse Services

In collaboration with its state and community partners, DBHDS plans, develops, directs, funds and monitors the delivery of comprehensive substance abuse services throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. To ensure the delivery of coordinated services to mutually served populations, DBHDS provides liaison services to other state agencies that interact with the public substance abuse treatment services delivery system. DBHDS is involved in design, development and implementation of evaluation processes, data reporting standards and measures used to analyze the delivery of public substance abuse treatment services.  Monitoring and review of the public substance abuse prevention and treatment services delivery system assures compliance with federal and state standards, regulations and protocols.  Our goals for the Commonwealth's public substance use disorder treatment system include the following:

  • Develop an integrated substance abuse (community and facility) array of treatment and support elements.
  • Establish quality standards and practices throughout the substance abuse treatment system. 
  • Improve internal and external customer communications and relationships. 
  • Increase education and training on current substance abuse methods when working with rural or culturally distinct populations. 
  • Maximize technology and resources to sustain, support, and expand the substance abuse treatment system. 
  • Empower the substance abuse treatment system to reduce and prevent the adverse effects of alcohol and drug abuse on individuals, families, and communities in Virginia

How to Get Help for Substance Use Disorders or Addiction

Virginia's community services boards (CSBs) are the primary point of entry into the Commonwealth's public behavioral health and developmental services system.  CSBs provide treatment for mental health issues, substance use and addiction, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.  There is a CSB that serves every county and city in the state.  To locate the CSB nearest to you, click here.  You can also visit the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) treatment locator website at  On that page, you can search for providers by zip code.

Federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant

Each year, the Commonwealth receives federal funding from the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG), which is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The SAPTBG provides significant resources for the treatment of substance use disorders and addiction, and for the prevention of alcohol, drug and tobacco use among young people.  In Virginia, the SAPTBG provides some 45% of funding for these purposes in our public behavioral health system.  DBHDS applies to SAMHSA generally biennially for this funding, which for State Fiscal Year 2017 totals $41,979,903.  Interested parties can review Virginia's application for SAPTBG funds online at the SAMHSA Block Grant Application System by visiting  Once at that site, log in using the user name citizenva and the password citizen.  To review the application and related reports, click the menu option labeled "Existing Applications," then select "2016-2017 Combined Behavioral Health Application and Plan" from the list that appears.  The Plan includes the Commonwealth's application for both SAPTBG funds as well as Community Mental Health Services Block Grant funds.  For assistance in accessing or navigating the Block Grant Application System, please contact Rhonda Thissen in the DBHDS Office of Adult Community Behavioral Health by email or phone at 804-786-2316.