Bureau for Behavioral Health
Bureau for Behavioral Health

Data, Quality and Capacity Initiatives


Evidence-Based Practices - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the federal agency that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental health issues on America's communities. SAMHSA's Strategic Plan includes, first among its five core principles, "supporting the adoption of evidence-based practices."

Recovery Residence Quality and Certification - During Special Session in May 2019 the Legislature passed, and the Governor signed, Senate Bill 1012, creating voluntary certification of recovery residences and authorizing rulemaking. In effect the bill requires DHHR to contract with the state National Alliance for Recovery Residences affiliate to “establish and implement an accreditation program for drug-free and alcohol-free recovery residences that shall maintain nationally recognized standards.”  Read more about West Virginia Alliance of Recovery Residences www.wvarr.org

COR-12 Pilot – West Virginia has collaborated with Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation on piloting their COR-12 Model, which integrates the best of 12-Step mutual and peer support recovery practices with evidence-based therapies and medical treatment to provide a holistic, person-centered approach to substance use disorder and mental health issues. 






DHHR Bureau for Behavioral Health
Room 350 | 350 Capitol Street | Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: (304) 558-0627 | Fax: (304) 558-1008
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