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Who the Bureau Funds, and Why


The working mission of the West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) is to ensure that West Virginians with mental health and/or substance use disorders and intellectual/developmental disabilities experience services that are comprehensive, readily accessible, and tailored to meet individual, family, and community needs.

These priorities are a result of BBH's commitment to individuals who do not qualify for Medicaid or other funding, who are at risk of institutionalization, involuntary hospitalization, out-of-home and often out-of-state placement, who can be supported in their homes and communities with services such as:

*customized employment, education, or training;
*community and family support;
*complex support;
*crisis response services;
*prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services;
*external advocacy to ensure Medley and Hartley class members have behavioral health services, public education, and individualized treatment in the most integrated settings;
*positive behavioral consultative/training services of last resort.  

Our Role

BBH, in accordance with the Public Health Service Act, is the federally designated "single state agency responsible for planning, carrying out and evaluating activities to prevent and treat substance abuse and related activities." 

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 two integrated sections (Programs and Policy; and Administration), 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 deliver 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:

Office of Adult Services;
Office of Children, Youth, and Family Services; and
Office of Policy, Research, Planning and Compliance