Virginia National Association of State Mental Health Program Director’s (NASMHPD) Employment Development Initiative (EDI)


State Policies & Initiatives: 
Systems-Change Funding

“In an effort to assist State Mental Health Authorities, in close collaboration with Single State Authorities, in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created the Employment Development Initiative (EDI).”

“This initiative provides, on a competitive basis, modest funding awards in the form of fixed-price subcontracts between the Contractor, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), and the States, Territories and District of Columbia. In addition, each awardee will receive two consultant technical assistance visits coordinated and paid through the Contractor's portion of the project.”

Virginia is using its funds to support their Employment First Initiative. They have conducted multiple Employment First Summits, and developed an Employment First Advisory group.

  • Department of Mental Health
  • Mental Health