Northern Virginia Regional Projects - Strategic Planning Partnership

The Northern Virginia Regional Planning Partnership (NVSPP) was established in 2002. It is a coalition of stakeholders devoted to serving persons with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and substance addiction.

Historically, regional initiatives have been implemented by the Community Service Boards that serve Northern Virginia. Because this structure limits coordination of service delivery and adds complicated fiscal reconciliation processes, several regional initiatives have been coordinated through a separate, single organizational entity, the Northern Virginia Regional Projects Office.

Virginia has been divided into forty Community Services Boards (CSBs) or Behavioral Health Authorities since 1969. As early as the 1990s, the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (formerly known as the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation & Substance Abuse Services) started funding projects on a regional level. Since that time, funding has grown from less than $100,000 to almost $10 million for our region. DBHDS has gradually expanded the expectation for regional planning, service coordination and service delivery.

In Virginia, seven Health Planning Regions (HPRs) serve the citizens. HPR II consists of five CSBs: Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax-Falls Church, Loudoun and Prince William. The region also includes two state facilities: the Nothern Virginia Mental Health Institute, a 123-bed state psychiatric hospital, and the Northern Virginia Training Center, a 200-bed facility for persons with intellectual disabilities.

The Northern Virginia Strategic Planning Partnership (NVSPP) includes representatives from all major stakeholder groups, including CSBs, private non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, family members, and consumers. Their initial goals included the creation of plans related to the use of state psychiatric facilities and provision of input into the DBHDS Integrated Strategic Plan. This regional planning resulted in the initiatives that have become part of the Regional Projects Office and Regional Management Group.

NVSPP meetings are an opportunity for stakeholders to provide input into the regional planning process.

Meeting Schedule

  •  None scheduled

Minutes of the Strategic Planning Partnership

Youth Initiatives

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Northern Virginia Regional Projects Office

14150 Parkeast Circle, Suite 275
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
Phone: 703-449-6303 Fax: 703-653-6610 TTY: 703 968-4050

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