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Commissioner Land
Alison G. Land, FACHE

Alison Land was appointed by Governor Ralph Northam in December 2019 to serve as commissioner of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), a state agency that operates 13 hospitals and facilities with over 6,000 staff and provides strategic direction, financial resources and oversight for Virginia’s publicly-funded system serving individuals with mental illness, substance-use disorders or developmental disabilities.

Before her appointment to lead DBHDS, Mrs. Land served since 2015 as the Vice President for Behavioral Health Services for Sentara Healthcare, responsible for coordinating and implementing initiatives that improve access, quality, and efficiency in both the inpatient and outpatient settings within Behavioral Health.

Previously, Mrs. Land served as the Vice President of Floyd Healthcare System in Rome, Georgia where she held responsibility for the Floyd Behavioral Health Center, and system level responsibility for functions including strategy, planning, quality, coordinated care, decision support, laboratory services, and the Floyd Centers of Excellence including joint, stroke, spine surgery, diabetes, and bariatric surgery.

Mrs. Land is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on numerous committees and boards including Georgia State University’s Institute for Health Administration, The Free Clinic of Rome, Georgia Hospital Association, and the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.