Northern Virginia Training Center to Remain Open

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) has been implementing a plan developed pursuant to Virginia Code § 37.2-319 to move the Commonwealth toward its long-standing goal of a more fully-integrated community-based system of services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  This plan currently requires transitioning residents of the Northern Virginia Training Center (NVTC) to the community and closing the training center in March of 2015.  The State has determined that additional time is necessary to develop a more comprehensive array of community options and to strengthen the Developmental Disability Health Support Network in the northern Virginia region in order to ensure successful transitions for NVTC's residents.  Therefore, the DBHDS has revised the closure date to March of 2016 said Debra Ferguson, PhD, Commissioner for Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services.