The Resource Legislative Case Files, 1988-2004
- Legislative Case Files, 1988-2004
- Inclusive dates
- Mental health services -- Virginia
- Alcoholism -- Hospitals -- Virginia
- Negatives (photographic)
- Bills, Legislative -- Virginia
- People with mental disabilities -- Institutional care -- Virginia
- Mental health laws -- Virginia
- Mental health services -- Virginia -- Finance
- Substance abuse. -- Treatment -- Virginia -- Finance
- Drug abuse -- Treatment -- Virginia
- Legislation -- Virginia
- State government records -- Virginia
- Letters (correspondence)
- Legislative records
- Youth. -- Services for -- Virginia
- Mental retardation facilities -- Virginia
- The Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, Legislative Case Files, are housed in 19 boxes. These records include bills, correspondence, memorandums, legislative files, briefing books, photographs, negatives, and reports. These records document legislative studies, proposals and case files of the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services
- Notable materials include: extensive files related to House Joint Resolution 240 (passed by the Virginia General Assembly, 2 April 1996) which established a joint subcommittee to evaluate the future delivery of public funded mental health, mental retardation, and substance abuse services
- Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Dept. of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services. (Search Virginia Dept. of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services as author).
- Biographical or historical data
- The Dept. of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services traces it beginnings to the first institution in the New World designed for the treatment of the mentally ill, which opened in Williamsburg in 1773. Now known as Eastern State Hospital, it was followed by Western State Hospital, in Staunton (1828), Central State Hospital, in Petersburg (1885), and Southwestern State Hospital, in Marion (1887). Each hospital had its own governing/management body. The first State Hospital Board was created by an act of the General Assembly passed on December 24, 1936. It replaced the individual governing boards and brought the institutions and training schools under one state agency.
- On April 3, 1942, the General Assembly passed an act establishing the Department of Mental Hygiene and Hospitals. The name of the department was changed to the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation by the General Assembly on March 20, 1973. Substance abuse was added to the name March 25, 1987.
- The Department is responsible for providing a comprehensive system of services that is responsive to the mental health, mental retardation, drug abuse and alcohol dependency needs of the citizens of the Commonwealth. The Department has developed many programs to fulfill its responsibilities, including treatment, counseling, hospitalization, and rehabilitation services.
- Cataloging source
- Citation source
- Salmon, John S., comp. A GUIDE TO STATE RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVES BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985
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