In collaboration with its state and community partners, DBHDS plans, develops, directs, funds and monitors the delivery of comprehensive mental health services throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. To ensure the delivery of coordinated services to mutually served populations, DBHDS provides liaison services to state and community agencies that interact with the public behavioral health services system. DBHDS is involved in design, development and implementation of evaluation processes, data reporting standards and measures used to analyze the delivery of mental health services, and also operates nine acute care state psychiatric facilities, including one for children.
How to Get Help for Mental Health Issues
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 https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/. On that page, you can search for providers by zip code.
Virginia’s Mental Health Laws
Information about Virginia law governing behavioral health and developmental services can be found in Section 37.2 of the Code of Virginia. Section 37.2 includes statutes governing the emergency custody, temporary detention and involuntary commitment to treatment of individuals in mental health crisis. Information on changes to Virginia’s civil commitment laws,information on the Psychiatric Bed Registry and other resources can be found on the the Professionals and Service Providers page of our website.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grants
The Commonwealth of Virginia receives federal funds each year from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG) to support the delivery of treatment and supports to adults with serious mental illness and children and youth with serious emotional disturbance (MHBG), and individuals with substance use disorders (SAPTBG).
For Fiscal Year 2020, the Commonwealth was awarded $17,127,156 in MHBG funds and $41,986,348 in SAPTBG funds. For Fiscal Year 2021, the Commonwealth was awarded $17,190,658 in MHBG funds and $41,982,172 in SAPTBG funds. These funds support a wide variety of services provided by Virginia’s community services boards and private providers.
As the recipient of these federal funds, DBHDS is required to send an annual plan and biennial application to SAMHSA. The Federal Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Combined Mental Health and Substance Abuse Application Draft for the Commonwealth is now available on the DBHDS website for public review August 1st, 2021.
DBHDS invites review and comment from the public on the application during the federally mandated public comment period. A virtual public hearing can be accessed will be held on Wednesday August 25, 2021 from 11am-1pm.
For any written public comment or questions about the block grants or the application, please contact Nathanael Rudney, Behavioral Health Project Coordinator at the Office of Adult Community Behavioral Health Services at 804-944-1037 or firstname.lastname@example.org or by letter at DBHDS- Attn: Nathanael Rudney P.O. Box 1797 Richmond, VA 23218-1797