The Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services Board was established in July 1969 in accordance with the Code of Virginia, Title 37.1, Chapter 10, to provide comprehensive community mental health, intellectual disability and substance abuse services to individuals and families in Henrico, Charles City and New Kent Counties. With a combined population of over 350,000 this three-county area includes both suburban and rural communities and covers 670 square miles.
All services of the agency are operated under the direction of the Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services Board. Twelve citizens, appointed by the elected Board of Supervisors in the three supporting counties, make up the Services Board.
The Henrico County Board of Supervisors appoints one member from each of the five magisterial districts in Henrico County, in addition to five consumers/family members. The Charles City County and the New Kent County Boards of Supervisors each appoint one member to the Services Board.
Annually, the Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services Board recommends an operating budget for the agency to the local Boards of Supervisors. The County of Henrico serves as the fiscal agent for the Board. Funding that supports the provision of services comes from a variety of sources.
In collaboration with the Henrico County Manager, the Board selects an Executive Director who also serves as the Director of the County’s Department of Mental Health & Developmental Services. Agency services are provided through a combination of programs directly operated by the agency and through private providers.
Laura S. Totty, MS