October 20, 2016

Over the years, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) has initiated stakeholder meetings that have included the invaluable perspective of our system’s many community providers. Also, as DBHDS advances goals to move away from costly, restrictive institutional care while expanding quality, integrated community-based settings, it is interested in seeking guidance from innovative community providers to help individuals move more seamlessly between the public and private sectors.

As a result, DBHDS is now forming a standing cross-disability advisory council composed entirely of community-based providers to help inform DBHDS in its mission to accelerate and maintain access to high quality and inclusive living throughout all Virginia communities. The group is intended to provide ongoing input, feedback and recommendations that will allow DBHDS to consider, implement and monitor policies, processes, innovations and payments into the community-based provider network.

Please send in nominations for this new council by Oct. 26. DBHDS is seeking individuals representing provider associations, independent providers, independent practitioners and educational institutions to be a part of this 30-member council for the next two years, holding 3-4 meetings per year. 

DBHDS is seeking: 

  • Provider trade associations are requested to submit up to three nominations from their membership for consideration. Association directors will be invited to attend meetings but only providers of community services will be named as council members.
  • Advocacy and peer organizations are requested to submit up to three nominations of providers who are recognized as quality, person-centered providers. Association directors will be invited to attend meetings but only providers of community services will be named as council members.
  • Providers who serve individuals across the age spectrum and across disabilities may self-nominate. 
  • Independent practitioners who have expertise working with individuals with dual diagnosis, experience in trauma-informed care and possible connection with an educational institution and/or community provider may self-nominate to serve.

Selection will be based on the goal of creating an advisory council that represents provider interests both across individuals’ lifespans and across our behavioral health and developmental disability services system. Nominees who are not selected during the first two-year term may be considered for future terms. Please submit your nominations to meghan.mcguire@dbhds.virginia.gov and include each nominee’s name, title, organization, phone number and email address.
 

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