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Person Centered Organizations & Systems in Virginia

Updated February 28, 2012

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) partner with the Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU to promote and sustain person centered practices across the Commonwealth. One approach we employ is a process called, “Becoming a Person Centered Organization.” This was developed by Support Development Associates (SDA). SDA consulted in Virginia for several years and lead 7 organizations through this process. The seven organizations were:

  • Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck CSB
  • City of Virginia Beach Department of Human Services
  • Southeastern Virginia Training Center
  • Hampton/Newport News CSB
  • Mt. Rogers CSB
  • Central Virginia Training Center
  • Rappahannock Area CSB


If your organization is interested in learning more about “Becoming a Person Centered Organization”, please read the information on this website and/or email Dawn Machonis at dmmachonis@vcu.edu.