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The Psychiatric Society of Virginia is a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association, with over 500 member psychiatrists. PSV focuses its efforts on advocacy of mental health issues, the advancement of psychiatry, and service to the community.


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PSV Abstract Submission Application – Now Available for the 2015 Fall Meeting!
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Exceptional Supports Rate Approved

DBHDS has received word that Governor McAuliffe has signed Emergency Regulations for the ID Waiver Congregate Residential Services Exceptional Supports Rate. These regulations will be effective November 1, 2014. Therefore, DBHDS anticipates we will soon be authorized to begin accepting applications for providers interested in supporting individuals with exceptional medical and/or behavioral needs, and this will be followed by service authorization requests for specific individuals. The Exceptional Supports Rate is available to qualifying individuals currently in training centers or nursing facilities who are unable to transition to the community without Exceptional Supports as well as individuals currently in the community whose maintenance there is at risk.

While a Medicaid Memo announcing the Exceptional Supports Rate is imminent, providers may wish to familiarize themselves with the regulations (found on the Town Hall website). Three Exceptional Supports Rate documents may be found on the DBHDS website under Waiver Services:

  • The Exceptional Supports Rate Application for Providers: required for providers to complete and send via the supports coordinator to DBHDS prior to requesting the Exceptional Supports Rate for a particular individual.
  • The Exceptional Supports Rate Process Flow Chart: illustrating the Exceptional Supports Rate provider application process and the individual service authorization process.
  • The Individual Exceptional Supports Request Check Sheet: required to accompany service authorization requests for the Exceptional Supports Rate. This should act as a guide for providers and a confirmation for DBHDS Preauthorization staff that all of the needed elements are attached to the service authorization request in IDOLS.

DBHDS encourages providers to begin the process of applying to be an Exceptional Supports provider for those individuals who qualify.
While the regulations focus a great deal on provider requirements, it should be noted that support coordinators also play a role in the Exceptional Supports Rate process. Support coordination related requirements can be found at this link.

DBHDS staff are thrilled that the Exceptional Supports Rate will soon be operational and look forward to working with support coordinators and providers to implement these supports for individuals with complex medical and behavioral needs.
More information will be forthcoming.
In the meantime, please feel free to direct questions to Dawn Traver, Waiver Operations Director, at
Debra Ferguson, Ph.D.
Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services



Governor McAuliffe signs into law key mental health reform legislation

On Thursday, May8th 2014 at St. Joseph’s Villa in Richmond, VA the Governor held a signing ceremony to pass into law key mental health legislation approved by the General Assembly.


After the signing ceremony Governor McAuliffe chats with Dr. Adam Kaul, PSV Past-President, while Dr. Bill Hazel, Secretary of Health and Human Resources, looks on.

Click here for a complete list of the bills.

Senator Creigh Deeds accepts award for Legislator of the Year from the Psychiatric Society of Virginia

Pictured from left to right Susan Waller, MD, Varun Choudhary, MD, Rizwan Ali, MD, PSV President, Senator Creigh Deeds, Brian Wood, DO, PSV President Elect, Helen Foster, MD, Adam Kaul, MD, Past President, Caroline Coster, MD



Mental Health Reform: Virginia register of available inpatient psychiatric beds goes live
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For latest update on The Virginia Acute Psychiatric and CSB Bed Registry Initiative from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) click here.



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