Advocates gather to discuss mental health care.The 2014 Behavioral Health Barometer revealed alarming statistics regarding the scope of drug abuse and mental health issues in Virginia. The report further highlighted challenges in providing care for those struggling with mental illness and substance abuse.

The need for an annual summit grew out of frustrations with inefficiencies in the delivery of effective psychiatric services to acutely exacerbated patients with major psychiatric disorders and the desire to discover and correct the reasons for these inefficiencies. Our goal is to develop strategies in collaboration with community partners to address these problems and implement quantitative measures to track improvements. 

In response, the Brock Institute and EVMS Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences came together to jointly sponsor the first regional Mental Health Summit in 2014. These summits have continued with engaged stakeholders leading the discussions regarding gaps in mental health and behavioral care and ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of those services.

The summits are comprised of keynote speakers, working groups and roundtable discussions that have served as forums to clarify issues and begin the process of developing tangible and pragmatic solutions.

Highlights from past Mental Health Summits

August 2014

The Brock Institute collaborated with EVMS Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to sponsor the inaugural Mental Health Summit in the Hampton Roads region. Explore the agenda and participant information.

January 2016

During this summit, working groups were established to continue the efforts discussed throughout the summit. See agenda and participant information. 

May 2017

The Mental Health Summit was moved to the month of May in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. The summit focused on addressing the opioid crisis in our community. Review working group notes, see who attended and explore presentations:

May 2018

Nearly 30% of all Virginia veterans call our region home. With each veteran presenting with their own unique set of circumstances, needs and access to resources, practitioners often face a distinct set of challenges in coordinating care amongst different organizations and services. In response to these challenges, the Brock Institute partnered with EVMS Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center to host a Joint Mental Health Summit. The summit focused on addressing addiction and mental health care for Hampton Roads veterans. Explore the presentations: