Mental Health Initiative

As of the most recent census, an estimated 1,726,907 people live in Hampton Roads.

Of that number, an estimated 230,784 of those persons are Veterans- which means that nearly 30% of all Virginia's Veterans call Hampton Roads 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 VA Medical Center to host a Joint Mental Health Summit: Addressing Addiction and Mental Health for Hampton Roads Veterans which took place on May 15, 2018 at EVMS. 

Mental Health Summit: Past, Present, and Future 

In the 2014 report, Behavioral Health Barometer  for Virginia, compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, alarming statistics regarding the scope of the problem served to further highlight challenges to providing care for those living with Mental Health 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 know the reasons for these inefficiencies. The goal is to develop strategies with collaborative partners to address them and have quantitative measures in place 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 the summer of 2014. These summits have continued with engaged stakeholders leading the discussions regarding gaps in mental health and behavioral services and ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of those services. 

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

Highlights from Past Mental Health Summits: 

August 2014: 

                      The Brock Institute partners with EVMS Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to jointly sponsor the

                       first Mental Health Summit in the Hampton Roads region. 

                       Inaugural Mental Health Summit- July 23, 2014

                       Please see agenda and participant information here.

January 2016: 

                        During this summit, Working Groups were established to continue the efforts that were suggested

                        throughout roundtable discussions and brainstorming sessions.  

                        2nd Annual Mental Health Summit: "Moving Forward With Hope"- January 13, 2016

                        Please see agenda and participant information here. 

May 2017:      

                       The Mental Health Summit was moved to the month of May in recognition of

                       Mental Health Awareness Month. 

                       3rd Annual Mental Health Summit:

                      "Mental Health Partners Pausing to Address the Opioid Crisis in Hampton Roads"- May 9, 2017

                       Please see agenda and participant information here. 


EVMS Mental Health Working Groups

Gathering Community Resources

Dispelling Stigma in Mental Health

Identifying a Single Access Point

Developping a White Paper for Hampton Roads to Address Mental Health Conditions