News: 2018 DBHDS Community Innovation Grant Funding Application Now Available
Virginia Department of Behavioral Health Developmental Services
Office of Recovery Services
Community Innovation Grant Funding
The purpose of Community Innovation Grant funding is to support the influence of innovative programs offered by Behavioral Health Peer Run Programs throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Community Innovation Grant funds may be used to increase the ability of Virginia Peer Run Programs to overcome financial hurdles that hinder the development and implementation of innovative non-clinical approaches that support people through the process of recovery from mental illness or substance use disorders.
Funds may be used to assist innovative programs that support the professional development of Peer Recovery Specialists. Peer Recovery Specialists increase awareness of recovery possibilities for people who have experienced mental illness, substance use disorder, or a combination of both.*
Funds may be used toward projects that contribute to Virginia’s Behavioral Health delivery systems becoming or enhancing their recovery focus.
*Requests for funding to be spent towards the training/education component of Peer Recovery Specialist Certification will not be considered under the Community Innovations Program.