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News: Media Advisory

November 6, 2018 - Media contacts: Lisa Kinney, 804-674-3275; Maria Reppas,

State Leaders to Discuss Key Challenges at Behavioral Health and Public Safety Forum

What: Virginia Behavioral Health and Public Safety Forum
Where: Embassy Suites Richmond
2925 Emerywood Parkway
Richmond, VA 23294
When: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018
Media are invited to attend from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Who: Dr. Daniel Carey, Secretary of Health and Human Resources
Harold Clarke, Director of the Department of Corrections
Dr. Hughes Melton, Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Brian Moran, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security
Why: Stakeholders will meet to explore ways to improve responses to people in the criminal justice system who have mental illnesses.

The event is being hosted by the Department of Corrections and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. Panel discussions will be facilitated by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, a national nonprofit that provides practical, nonpartisan advice and evidence-based strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities. Funding for the forum is being provided by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.