Despite the strained economic conditions throughout the United States, the state of Virginia has had a high level of dedication to the mental health of its residents. The passing of Executive Order 68 in 2013 allocates more than $38 million to improve mental health crises response and the development of more mental health services. The order is a substantial step towards making critical mental health improvements and will allow the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDC) provide readily available mental health care to Virginia residents.
The DBHDC provides public mental health, intellectual disability and substance abuse services to children and adults throughout the state who have – or who are at risk of – mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, intellectual disabilities or substance abuse disorders. The system is compromised of 16 state-operated facilities and 40 locally-run community services boards (CSBs).