On Thursday, Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), the National Council for Behavioral Health, and the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards (VACSB) formed a joint partnership to help improve the quality of and access to mental health services across the Commonwealth.
Most noteworthy is that Virginia is now an “all in” state, which means that DBHDS and all of Virginia’s 40 CSBs have access to the National Council for Behavioral Health’s wealth of resources and expertise.
“Together we will transform and improve our state’s behavioral health access, quality, delivery, and outcomes,” said Dr. Debra Ferguson, DBHDS Commissioner.
“The Virginia Association of Community Services Boards and its members recognize the value of the National Council’s many offerings, from conferences to technical assistance to tailored web-based training, and are proud to make Virginia an ‘all in’ membership state through a partnership arrangement with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services,” said Jennifer Faison, Executive Director of Virginia Association of Community Services Boards.
“We look forward to drawing on the National Council’s expertise as Virginia’s system of care for individuals with behavioral health issues continues to seek innovative ways to help people lead safe, happy and productive lives in their own communities.”
The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and substance use treatment organizations.
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(In photo: Debra Ferguson, DBHDS commissioner)