About VACSB

VACSB Staff

Executive Director: Jennifer Faison
Public Policy Manager:  Hilary Piland
Administrative Manager: Kay Springfield
Operations Specialist: Jo Powell
Administrative Assistant: Karen Plant

 The VACSB is privileged to have as its members, the forty Community Services Boards/Behavioral Health Authorities (CSB/BHAs) in Virginia.
  • The VACSB represents the CSB/BHAs in state and federal public policy matters, including state and federal funding, legislation and regulation
  • In Virginia, the VACSB works to build consensus on policy, administrative, and operational issues of CSB/BHAs and to represent those issues and solutions to the state decision makers.
  • VACSB advocacy efforts are undertaken with partnership family and consumer advocacy organizations.
  • The VACSB provides training and development components for CSB/BHA Board members, CSB/BHA staff and for our partners in the private sector.
  • The VACSB is a resource of technical assistance and consulting for CSB/BHAs.
  • The VACSB engages in public education activities that help the public understand not only the needs of children and adults with mental illness, intellectual disability, or substance use disorders, but the abilities of and contributions made to their communities by these individuals.

Major Areas of Service to Member CSB/BHAs

Public Policy

  • VACSB provides a unified public policy voice of CSB/BHAs and advocacy partners to the Governor, the General Assembly, DBHDS, DMAS, and other state agencies and local government organizations
  • VACSB builds relationships with legislators and advocates for positive legislation and resources for services
  • VACSB impacts state and federal policy and legislation through grass roots efforts and active participation with national associations, such as NACBHDD

Training & Development

  • VACSB sponsors and co-sponsors conferences, workshops, e-learning and other trainings to assist CSB/BHA Board members, CSB/BHA staff, private providers, consumers and family members in staying current with cutting edge information and technology in services delivery. Contact hours for continuing education credits are provided at most VACSB trainings.
  • VACSB offers CSB Board Member training programs that provide training for advocacy, board member legal issues, and other issues related to the role of CSB/BHA board members.

Annual Conferences

  • Public Policy Conference
    Held each October, this conference features Virginia and National public policy issues through panels and presentations
  • Development and Training Conference
    Held each May, this conference features skill building, innovative practices and unique models of CSB/BHA and regional programs
  • Legislative Conference
    Held each January in Richmond, this conference provides knowledge and perspective for all members on current budget and legislative information and advocacy opportunities during the legislative session.
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