Serious Mental Illness (SMI)

Services to Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

DRS has received funds since 1986 from the Virginia General Assembly to provide services to individuals that experience serious and persistent mental illness (SMI). This program began initially as a result of a cooperative effort between DRS, the Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services (DBHDS) and local Community Services Boards (CSBs) in which DRS provided vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to mutual consumers of both agencies. The Program enhances consumer community and vocational successes by providing vocational development, placement, and job retention services, primarily in conjunction with 10 CSBs located throughout the Commonwealth. The General Assembly funding has been used primarily for DRS dedicated specialty counselors and consumer purchases. DRS specialty counselors are assigned to work with the following CSBs and their catchment area: Danville-Pittsylvania, Henrico, Colonial, Hampton-Newport News, Richmond Behavioral Health, Blue Ridge Behavioral Health, Cumberland, Harrisonburg Rockingham, Rappahannock and Chesapeake.

DRS eligible individuals that experience serious and persistent mental illness that live outside the specialty counselor service areas will be served by a general caseload counselor in the local DRS Field Office.

Rehabilitation Counselors with dedicated caseloads, serving individuals that experience serious mental illness disabilities:

Download a copy of the Serious Mental Illness Staff List.

Contact Information

Al Jones
Program Coordinator
804-662-7219
Al.Jones@dars.virginia.gov
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Richmond, Virginia 23229

DRS Toll Free number (800) 552-5019
DRS Toll Free number (800) 464-9950 TTY

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This File Was Last Modified: Friday October 06 2017