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Our Role

The West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) is the federally
designated Single State Authority (SSA) and State Mental Health Authority (SMHA) for mental health, substance abuse, and intellectual and developmental disabilities responsible for administering the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Community Mental Health Block Grant. With the Block Grant and a combination of other federal grants and state funding, BBH supports comprehensive behavioral health prevention, promotion, early intervention, treatment, and recovery programs statewide. BBH provides funding for community-based behavioral health services for persons with behavioral health needs, including those who are uninsured or underinsured, as well as operational support for seven State-owned facilities with long-term or acute care psychiatric functions for adults. BBHHF operates under the auspices of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) which also includes the State Bureaus for Public Health, Children and Families (Child Welfare), Child Support Enforcement, and Medical Services (Medicaid). The overall role of BBH is to provide leadership, oversight and coordination of policy, planning, development, funding and monitoring of the public behavioral health system.