The mission of the West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) is to ensure that West Virginians with mental health or substance use disorders, intellectual/ developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions, or long-term care needs experience services that are comprehensive, readily accessible, and tailored to meet individual, family, and community needs. The Bureau recognizes that participant-centered planning, family-centered care, and community involvement are critical to develop and improve services in West Virginia. We support partnerships, data-informed decision-making, and evidence-based practice as key to every aspect of behavioral health. The principles that guide the work of the BBH are aligned with SAMHSA principles in understanding that the evidence base behind behavioral health prevention and promotion, treatment, and recovery services continues to grow and promises better outcomes for people with or at risk for mental and substance use disorders.
Organizational Structure and Organization Chart
The Commissioner’s Office provides direction to the Bureau and communicates the goals of the Bureau/Department to the community to ensure continuity of services. Underneath the Commissioner’s Office are three integrated sections (Programs and Policy; Administration; and Operations), each overseen by a Deputy Commissioner.
Staff within the Programs and Policy section are charged with the development, implementation, and oversight of the statewide community-based behavioral health system of care and must ensure that individuals with (or at risk of) mental health, substance use, and/or developmental disorders have meaningful treatment and support services to maximize their ability to function as productive and stable citizens of West Virginia within the least restrictive environment suitable to their needs. Funding is provided to comprehensive community behavioral health centers and other providers to provide for a statewide continuum of care and supports for individuals in need of prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery, as well as related supports and services.
The Programs and Policy section underwent a reorganization in 2016 to better reflect and support the integrated nature of behavioral health programs, after WV BBH's 2015 Integrated Block Grant application. The new structure includes the main programmatic divisions of the Bureau:
o Office of Adult Services;
o Office of Children, Youth, and Family Services; and
o Office of Policy, Planning, Research, and Compliance
Where We Are
Grants We've Received (Coming Soon)
BBHHF In the News (Coming Soon)