Accessibility Policy

Through its Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is promoting a high degree of Web access for people with disabilities. In coordination with organizations around the world, WAI is pursuing Web accessibility through five primary areas of work: technology, guidelines, tools, education and outreach, and research and development. To help support the WAI, SWVMHI is complying with W3C guidelines for Web accessibility.

Document Accessibility Notice:
Hard copy documents are available for those unable to access or view the downloadable files on this website. Simply contact SWVMHI by e-mail, by FAX at 276-783-9712, or by mail at:

Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute
340 Bagley Circle
Marion VA 24354

Privacy Policies

The following represents practices and procedures of Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute as approved by its Executive Team and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. SWVMHI reserves the right to change these practices and procedures at any time without prior notice. The following is not intended and should not be interpreted as a contract of any nature, either stated or implied.

This Terms of Use and Privacy Policy Statement addresses the collection, use, security and access of/to personal information that may be collected and maintained through use of Internet web sites owned and operated by the Department of Behavorial Health and Devolopmental Services (DBHDS) or any of the hospitals and training centers operated thereby.

It is the policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia, DBHDS, and SWVMHI that personal information about citizens will be collected only to the extent necessary to provide services and/or benefits thereto; that only appropriate information will be collected; and that the citizen shall understand the reason the information is collected and be able to examine the information so collected and maintained by DBHDS or SWVMHI.

This DBHDS web site:

  • Collects no personal information, except as provided below.
  • Does not place a “cookie” on your computer.
  • Will not track your movements through the web site.
  • May allow you to send comments or requests to DBHDS mailboxes or participate in listserver discussion groups. E-mail addresses and messages so obtained shall not be used for other purposes and shall not be sold or otherwise distributed to outside organizations, except as required by law. Be advised, however, that any e-mail message received by DBHDS that is in and of itself unlawful, seeks to aid or abet an unlawful act, or has as its intended purpose the destruction or disruption of DBHDS information technology resources, may be turned over to an appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation and/or prosecution.

DBHDS may deploy firewall and intrusion detection technologies that log connections to this web site. Log entries typically include source and destination Internet Protocol addresses, domain names, services/protocols used and other non-personal information. Such log files tend to be very large and are intended to be used primarily for performance monitoring and troubleshooting by technical support staff; as such, they have a limited disk-life and are not archived. However, if during routine monitoring and troubleshooting, evidence of unlawful acts or attempts to cause the destruction or disruption of DBHDS information technology resources is uncovered, the log files may be retained and turned over to an appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation and/or prosecution.

For your convenience, this DBHDS web site may provide links to web sites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private businesses. When you link to another web site from any DBHDS web site, the scope and effect of this Terms of Use and Privacy Policy Statement ends and that of the linked-to web site begins. The provision of links to other web sites shall not be construed as an endorsement by DBHDS of any content, viewpoint, product or service expressed or marketed by the operator of the linked-to web site.

Although every effort is made to keep this web site updated, neither DBHDS nor any employee or contractor thereof warrants the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published on this web site or any web site that links to or is linked from this web site. DBHDS shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained using this web site does so at his or her own risk.

Thank you for your interest in and use of this web site.


Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute (SWVMHI) provides links to many web sites that are not controlled, maintained, or regulated by SWVMHI or any organization affiliated with SWVMHI, and as such SWVMHI is not responsible for the content of those web sites. Use of information obtained from those web sites is voluntary, and reliance on that information should only be undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy. Reference at those web sites to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by SWVMHI.

Linking Policy

This web portal may contain hypertext links to external web sites and pages containing information created and maintained by public and private organizations other than Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute (SWVMHI). These hypertext links may be created by SWVMHI if it determines that establishing the external link will be consistent with assisting or furthering the purpose of this web portal, which is to significantly and diligently promote public service to citizens and businesses by:

  • Expanding business and citizen access to government services and government information;
  • Offering an easy and convenient process for these groups to conduct transactions with State government online;
  • Accelerating the development and delivery of an increased volume of quality, online government services;
  • Improving the level of customer service from State government;
  • Extending electronic government services to citizens of cities and county government.

In addition, hypertext links may be created by SWVMHI for informational purposes where the linked external web site will provide useful and valuable information to visitors to this web portal, or where the linked external web site is required or authorized by law.

SWVMHI, in its sole discretion, will determine whether the external web site meets the purpose of this web portal or for the specified informational purposes. The inclusion of a hypertext link to an external web site is not intended as an endorsement of any product or service offered or referenced on the linked web site, the organizations sponsoring said web site, or any views that might be expressed or referenced in the web site.

Hypertext links to external web sites and pages may be removed or replaced at the sole discretion of the SWVMHI at any time without notice.

In the event you discover problems with or have concerns regarding the format, accuracy, timeliness or completeness of a linked external web site, please contact the organization responsible for the linked external web site — SWVMHI does not control nor is it responsible for any linked external web sites, pages, or content.

Downloads and Plug-ins

SWVMHI provides content in several formats that require plug-ins, or separate browser components, to properly view. All required plug-ins are free to use. If your browser or assistive technology can not view the content using the plug-in, please contact us for an alternate version of the content.

The Plug-ins used are:


The Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P), developed by the World Wide Web Consortium, is emerging as an industry standard providing a simple, automated way for users to gain more control over the use of personal information on Web sites they visit. At its most basic level, P3P is a standardized set of multiple-choice questions, covering all the major aspects of a Web site’s privacy policies. Taken together, they present a clear snapshot of how a site handles personal information about its users. P3P-enabled Web sites make this information available in a standard, machine-readable format. P3P enabled browsers can “read” this snapshot automatically and compare it to the consumer’s own set of privacy preferences. P3P enhances user control by putting privacy policies where users can find them, in a form users can understand, and, most importantly, enables users to act on what they see. SWVMHI continues to be P3P compliant.


SWVMHI reserves the right to change this privacy policy as necessary.

Contact us

We welcome your comments and invite you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns by contacting us:

Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute
340 Bagley Circle
Marion VA 24354