Papers of James M. Martinez re Mental Health in Virginia
Scope and Contents
The James M. Martinez collection is comprised of his professional papers related to mental health issues in Virginia as part of the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services and as advisor to the Commission on Mental Health Reform.
Researchers interested in these files should also see Professor Bonnie files on the Commission on Mental Health Law Reform.
- Martinez, James M. (Person)
Biographical / Historical
Jim Martinez joined the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) in 1977 and managed the Department’s mental health, substance abuse, forensic, prevention, youth initiatives, and other programs. He was Director of the Office of Mental Health Services, and supervised various administrative, policy, and operational functions of Virginia’s public system of behavioral health services for adults. Throughout his tenure at DBHDS, Mr. Martinez focused on developing community services and supports for people with serious mental illness and substance abuse disorders and their families, and on shaping and implementing a person-centered, recovery-oriented behavioral health system for Virginia. Mr. Martinez served as an Advisor to the Supreme Court of Virginia’s Commission on Mental Health Law Reform (2006-2011), and has been a leader in Virginia’s efforts to improve the state’s involuntary treatment statutes and strengthen the safety net of behavioral health crisis response services in the Commonwealth. Mr. Martinez is a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute, and holds a B.A from Washington and Lee University, and a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia.
6.5 Cubic Feet (17 archival boxes, and digital files.)
Language of Materials
Collection of Mr. Martinez personal working files (1978-2015) as director of the Virginia Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services of Virginia (DBHDS). The files pertain to mental health issues in the State of Virginia, and the state's response to support behavioral health services.
The collection was organized in two parts:
Boxes 1-13 pertained to Mr. Martinez work on mental health issues in the Commonwealth of Virginia as part of the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse
Boxes 14-17 solely relate to the Virginia Commission on Mental Health Law Reform.
There are digital documents listed in the guide that complement the hardcopy files, and are available upon request.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated by James M. Martinez in September of 2015.
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Part of the Arthur J. Morris Law Library Special Collections Repository
Arthur J. Morris Law Library
580 Massie Road
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22903 United States