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Boyd Chevrolet Supports Jackson-Feild


Chris Butler, General Manager, presenting a check to Larry Pair, JFBHS Director of Plant Services.  Also pictured are Jeff Finch, General Sales Manager and  Maxie Moore, Sales Advisor.

Boyd Chevrolet presented a generous check to Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services which was used to purchase a 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan that replaces a 2004 twelve-passenger van with more than 300,000 miles on it.

Each year, Jackson-Feild provides residential treatment services to more than 100 children.  It is essential that they have safe reliable vehicles to transport children to off-campus appointments and events.

Boyd Chevrolet has been very good to JFBHS by offering gently-used vehicles to Jackson-Feild at prices that the nonprofit organization can afford. This latest acquisition has already been pressed into service to meet the daily transportation needs on campus.

Tricia Delano, JFBHS CEO expressed her thanks and appreciation to the staff and management of Boyd Chevrolet for their gift to support the children and mission of Jackson-Feild.

Jackson-Feild Graduates Ten Students

June 9th was a milestone day for ten students at the Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Homes as they graduated from high school.  The Baccalaureate Service and Commencement Exercises were held at Southside Virginia Community College’s Golden Leaf Commons.

Five students received their high school diploma and five students received their GED. This was the largest graduating class since 2009. In its 20 year history, a total of 167 students have graduated from the Gwaltney School.

Dr. Bill Bowling, Director of Education, presided over the ceremony. Three students, Aureana, Genya and Fidel were the commencement speakers. Their speeches provided everyone in the audience an understanding of how important this day was to them as well as their deep gratitude towards the faculty and staff who helped them along the way.  

Five scholarships were awarded to students to help them with the expenses to further their education.  In addition to the scholarships awarded, there were special gifts that were given to all the graduates. Among these were cash gifts, gift cards, flowers for the girls and wallets for the boys. Helen Sharpe-Williams, President of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Southern Virginia was in attendance and presented each graduate with a cash gift as a token for their accomplishment. An anonymous donor gave each graduate a $100 gift certificate and each girl a bouquet of red roses and each boy a wallet.  Each student also received a class ring that was funded by an anonymous donor.

This ceremony is one of the highlights of the year for both children and staff as it culminates and validates the mission of Jackson-Feild and celebrates the accomplishments of it children.

Jackson-Feild Hosts Diocese of Southern Virginia’s Annual Spring ECW Meeting

This year Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) was thrilled to host the Diocese of Southern Virginia’s Annual Spring ECW Meeting on May 20, 2017 in Jarratt, VA.


JFBHS Assistant Director of Advancement Meredith Melo welcomed and spoke to the 15 women present about Jackson-Feild and its programs, services and needs. After the business portion of the meeting was finished, the women proceeded to the All Saints Chapel on campus for the Holy Eucharist given by Jackson-Feild’s chaplain The Rev. Dr. Robin Jones. During this service, the collected offering was given to Jackson-Feild to be used towards JFBHS’s spiritual program.

Jackson-Feild, located in Jarratt, Virginia, is a non-profit behavioral health organization serving adolescents with severe mental health disorders. They employ a trauma-focused treatment model that utilizes cutting-edge, evidence-based interventions.  Founded in 1855, more than 100 children each year benefit from therapeutic treatment in a residential environment.  In addition to continuing their academic education while in treatment, the boys and girls are taught the skills they will need to manage their disorders so that they will be able to live healthy and productive lives.

Jackson-Feild Announces New Assignments

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) is pleased to announce staff moves.

Paula Easter has been serving as a case manager will add the responsibilities of admissions coordinator.

Lauren Grizzard has been hired as a therapist. She previously served as a field work student during her studies at VCU.

Tanyah Jones had been hired as the PQI (Performance Quality Indicators) specialist and will assist CEO Patricia Delano.

Della Greene, Ebony Gaither, and Michael Stokes have been named Program Coordinators to assist with the day-to-day operation of their respective cottage and supervise children and residential counselors.

Robert Lewis now serves as Purchasing Coordinator and helps the maintenance staff.

Shana Wikins has been promoted to the role of Transportation Leader. This role coordinates all daily appointments for children and the need for vehicles.

Vernita Ross and Adrienne Foster have been assigned to residential units to provide training for residential counselors to teach them how to implement Trauma-Informed interventions as recommended by the Building Bridges Initiative.

JFBHS seeks to improve the quality of life for its residents by providing cutting-edge treatment services for their emotional disorders.  At any given time, more than forty children are receiving residential treatment services.

All of the children at JFBHS will benefit from the skills and abilities of these staff members in their assigned responsibilities. 

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Elects New Trustees

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services  is pleased to announce the election two members to its Board of Trustees.

Elizabeth Feild, head of global Management and Professional Development for PAREXEL, has more than 18 years of experience with large scale leadership development.  She holds an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University, a masters from American, and certificates in leadership development and business coaching from Harvard and Duke. As the great-granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. George W. Feild – donors of “Walnut Grove” – JFBHS holds a very special place in Feild’s heart.  Prior to job relocations to England and then Massachusetts, Feild served on the Jackson-Feild board of trustees.  Now that she and her family are back in North Carolina, Feild is thrilled to once again be actively involved in continuing the mission of JFBHS.

Stuart C. Leinenbach, Vice President and U.S. Manager for Iluka Resources, served multiple human resources and organizational effectiveness roles throughout his career.  Following a seven-year stint in the U.S. Air Force, he joined Siemens AG followed by Reynolds Metals Company.  Leinenbach holds an undergraduate degree from St. Leo University, and master’s degrees from both Bethany Theological Seminary and George Washington University.  He has served on the Virginia Governor’s Council of Career and Technical Education, and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies.

Mary’s Café Serves Up Great Food and Service

Several times a year, staff members at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) are invited to a special lunch at Mary’s Café.

Supervised by Mary Griffith and Shemille Dennis, on April 6 the students in the food occupations class at JFBHS prepared and served a restaurant-caliber lunch of French onion soup, steak, steamed broccoli, mashed potatoes, and strawberry-topped cheesecake.  Not only did the students plan and prepare the meal, they also performed the duties of host/hostess, and wait staff.

In the food occupations class, students learn everything about the food service business from ordering food and supplies to preparing and serving, accepting reservations by phone, fulfilling the role of wait staff, and cleaning the dining and kitchen areas. Students are also taught resume-writing skills and job-interviewing techniques.

The lessons taught by Griffith and Dennis are invaluable to the students.  While Mary’s Café is not open to the general public, the staff members who participated reported that the service was excellent and the meal was as good as any prepared in a commercial restaurant.

Farmville District United Methodist Women Support Jackson-Feild

Members of the Farmville District United Methodist Women; Jackson-Feild is the FDUMW 2017 mission recipient.

Each year at the Farmville District United Methodist Women’s annual prayer breakfast, a mission recipient is selected.  Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) was thrilled to be chosen as the 2017 recipient.

JFBHS Vice President Tod Balsbaugh spoke to the 171 women present about Jackson-Feild and its programs, services and needs. Members were asked to bring games, arts & craft supplies, knitted items, sports equipment and school supplies. One member’s husband built two corn hole boards for which she made the bean bags.  Additionally, an offering was collected with the funds going to Jackson-Feild.

After the meeting held in South Hill, a number of attendees approached Balsbaugh with offers to help in the future.

JFBHS thanks the members of the Farmville District United Methodist Women for all they’ve done to help the children.

Feild Family Visits Jackson-Feild

Ninety eight years ago Mr. & Mrs. George W. Feild donated their ancestral home, Walnut Grove, to Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.  It was the dream of Mr. & Mrs. Feild to help girls with no home. They had lost a daughter in her infancy and made the gift of their home to help orphan girls.

Their generosity is and has been an inspiration to countless others to help children who have obstacles to overcome.

Members of the Feild family recently visited the campus. Beth Feild, her parents and children traveled to the campus and Grace Church. Beth is a former board member and hopes to re-join the Board of Directors. Her parents have visited many times over the years but it was the first time her children had visited the campus.

They met with Tricia Delano, CEO, and had lunch with the children.  The staff were thrilled to have members of the Feild family on campus and shared information about how they were helping boys and girls with emotional disorders.

Jackson-Feild Improvements

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services recently completed several improvements in three separate locations on the campus.

Built in 1825, the historic manor home called “Walnut Grove” needed a new front porch due to deterioration in the original wood.  In addition, a wheel chair ramp was added to ensure that the facility is ADA-compliant.

Two houses originally built as residences for staff members were given a fresh coat of paint and new back decks, and new light fixtures in preparation for an on-campus program that JFBHS will launch in April. 

Rogers and Marshall Cottages also saw updates with new vinyl flooring to replace the old carpeting.   The bathrooms in the 1960s-built Rogers Cottage also received a facelift and remodeling.

This spring, JFBHS is looking fresher and brighter thanks to the work of Larry Pair and his maintenance staff.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Receives New Cottage Furniture

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) has recently installed special behavioral health furniture in the great room of every cottage.  This furniture has replaced crate style furniture which posed as a safety hazard.

This new furniture is especially designed to serve mental health populations. It is rugged, durable and hygienic (antimicrobial). It can be easily cleaned and sanitized. It is made of vacuum formed plastic and can withstand the rigors of teenagers with mental health disorders. It also has soft rounded corners for safety.

Funding was provided from a variety of sources including grant funding. Bruton Parish Episcopal Church made a nice gift in support of this effort.

Jackson-Feild is very grateful for the help it received from various funders who provided funds for the purchase of the furniture.

Coca-Cola Hosts Pizza Party for Jackson-Feild Residents

Staff members of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated- Halifax Branch hosted a pizza party for the residents of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.  

John Lassiter led a team of volunteers who provided pizza, Coca-Cola products and a “goody bag” for each resident.

They also made a gift that will be used to purchase special meals and provide special recreational activities for the residents during the Christmas holidays.

The children were extremely excited to enjoy a special meal as was evidenced by how many had a second serving of pizza. After everyone enjoyed their pizza, they were served a dessert of either chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies. 

Both the staff and residents of Jackson-Feild are incredibly grateful for the support of Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated- Halifax for their wonderful efforts on behalf of the residents and for bringing the spirit of Christmas to Jackson-Feild.

Jackson-Feild New Hires

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) is pleased to announce that Larry Pair has joined Jackson-Feild as its Director of Plant Operations and Meredith Melo as Assistant to the Vice President of Advancement

Mr. Pair served in the armed forces twenty-one years in a variety of management positions. He has served as a building inspector and most recently worked as the Building & Grounds Supervisor for the Virginia Department of Corrections.

He brings a wealth of knowledge to his new position. He is looking forward to using this knowledge and experience to ensure that Jackson-Feild’s physical plant is in tip top condition to best serve its children.

Ms. Melo is a native of Yorktown. She earned her Bachelor’s from Virginia Tech and her Master’s from George Mason University.

She served as a student intern with the Office of Congressman Rob Whittman in his Washington Office.

 She also interned at the American Heart Association in Arlington helping with fund raising responsibilities producing their weekly newsletter and assisting with database operations.  She also interacted with community-based groups and assisted with volunteer coordination for special event.

She will focus on special events and digital fund raising.

Coca-Cola Hosts Pizza Party for Jackson-Feild Residents

Staff members of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated- Halifax Branch hosted a pizza party for the residents of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.  

John Lassiter led a team of volunteers who provided pizza, Coca-Cola products and a “goody bag” for each resident.

They also made a gift that will be used to purchase special meals and provide special recreational activities for the residents during the Christmas holidays.

The children were extremely excited to enjoy a special meal as was evidenced by how many had a second serving of pizza. After everyone enjoyed their pizza, they were served a dessert of either chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies. 

Both the staff and residents of Jackson-Feild are incredibly grateful for the support of Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated- Halifax for their wonderful efforts on behalf of the residents and for bringing the spirit of Christmas to Jackson-Feild.

Jackson-Feild Homes Promotes Three to Program Coordinators

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) is pleased to announce the promotion of three staff residential counselors to the position of Program Coordinator in which they will assist with the day-to-day operation of their respective cottage and in the supervision of the children and residential counselors.

Ebony Gaither, a graduate of Fayetteville State University, will work with the girls assigned to Gwaltney Cottage.  Michael Stokes, a graduate of Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas will work with the boys in Rogers Cottage. Della Green, a graduate of St. Paul’s College, will work with the girls in Marshall Cottage.

JFBHS seeks to improve the quality of life for its residents by providing cutting-edge treatment services for their emotional disorders.  At any given time, more than forty children are receiving care on campus.

All of the children at JFBHS will benefit from the skills and abilities of these newly-promoted staff residential coordinators in their respective cottages. 

Jackson-Feild Receives a Matching Grant from The Cabell Foundation

In November 2015, Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) received word that The Cabell Foundation was offering them a $75,000 matching grant to construct an outdoor recreation center on its campus.  Following a year-long fund raising effort, JFBHS raised the funds required, and The Cabell Foundation recently awarded the grant.

The recreation center will feature a fenced and lighted multi-sports court plus other amenities to provide residents with a variety of recreational opportunities.  Construction will begin in January, and the goal is to have it up and running by the end of April.

Established in 1957 by Robert G. Cabell, III and Mrs. Maude Morgan Cabell, The Cabell Foundation supports the needs of charitable organizations in Virginia. The Cabells wanted the foundation to be responsive to human needs in its deliberations and to take the initiative to inspire action.  More than 400 organizations have received grants totaling $85,000,000.

Jackson-Feild is most grateful to the Board of Trustees of The Cabell Foundation for their support.

Psychologist at Jackson-Feild Presents at the SBCNA Conference

Dr. J. Michael Griffin, a psychologist who provides neurofeedback therapy at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) recently gave two presentations at the annual conference of the Southeast Biofeedback and Clinical Neuroscience Association.

Of his two presentations, one – titled “Neurofeedback in an Adolescent Residential Treatment Program” – was the result of a study conducted at JFBHS.  In his presentation, Griffin noted that “adolescents in long-term residential facilities often have histories of abuse, neglect, and family histories of mental illness. Often these youths have received years of outpatient treatment, multiple in-patient psychiatric hospitalizations in acute care facilities, foster placements, and multiple behavioral health residential admissions. Multiple [types of treatment] have been used, including counseling, psychopharmacology, recreational therapy, therapeutic horticulture, equestrian therapy, and others. Despite these interventions, significant acting out behaviors may persist.”

The study at JFBHS sought to determine whether neurofeedback is an effective treatment to reduce the severity, frequency and duration of acting-out incidents.  Over the course of the study, it was found that children receiving neurofeedback had at least 50% fewer incident reports than in prior reporting periods and those who received an average of four per month had an additional 17% fewer incident reports than those receiving two per month. In addition, staff noted that children had improved self-awareness, greater impulse control and reduced hyperactivity.

JFBHS is constantly striving to provide better services to help children who have suffered severe emotional trauma, and Griffin’s work and services are much appreciated tremendously beneficial.

Thomas W. Meehan Elected to Jackson-Feild Home’s Foundation Board

Thomas W. Meehan, Sr. president and broker with CD West & Company in Newport News has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Jackson-Feild Homes Foundation.

Mr. Meehan, a native of Newport News, began his career in real estate in 1970 with C. D. West & Co. and is now the sole owner and president. The company provides oversight of apartment projects in Virginia and Georgia, and has developed 1,000+ residential lots in Virginia and South Carolina and built 300+ single family homes. Earlier in his career, Meehan was a real estate appraiser and has appraised more than 3,000 houses and over 75 commercial properties.

Mr. Meehan serves on the boards of the Hampton Roads Academy, Achievable Dream, and Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula. He is a past director of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission and the American Cancer Society in Hampton Roads.

An Extraordinary Member of the Jackson-Feild Team Retires

After nineteen years of loyal and dedicated service to Jackson-Feild, Ann Chaffins is retiring on September 30. Ann gave her heart and soul to our mission, and it’s virtually impossible to accurately and effectively convey just how important she’s been to our organization.

Ann has a special place in her heart for children. As a former administrator for mental health services in Martinsville, she saw up-close and personally the complex issues that are involved with mental health disorders and the toll it takes on children and families.

In her role as Assistant Vice President of Advancement at Jackson-Feild, Ann went above and beyond the call of duty every day, in everything she did. Whether reaching out to donors, attending convocations, speaking to church groups, or training interns and new employees in the Richmond office, Ann put people at ease and let them know how important they are and how much she – and Jackson-Feild – appreciated them. She worked tirelessly to ensure that the development operations met expectations and fulfilled its goals.

Ann took special pride in our golf tournament – a monumental effort that she coordinated from its inception. Because she wanted every golfer to have a good time, no detail was overlooked. Ann often woke up in the middle of the night remembering a task or issue that needed attention. She kept lists and checked them twice… and often thrice. She followed up on promises of support. She personally thanked each and every player for spending their day to help raise funds for special projects the benefited our children.

Bill Northen, former member of the Board of Trustees and long-time Co-Chair of the Golf Committee tells us, “Ann has been a great friend and mentor. She’s been the voice of calm reason for as long as I can remember, and her determination and professionalism have been something I have tried to emulate. I’m proud to call her a friend, and I wish her every continued success in her next endeavors.”

Ann tells us that while she will miss the relationships she’s established with donors and co-workers, she’s looking forward to traveling and spending more time with her husband Dave, her children Katherine and Winston and their spouses, and her four grandchildren. We have it on good authority that things she will not miss include straightening up the storage room and defrosting the freezer in the Development Office!
Ann’s “can do” attitude and her devotion to Jackson-Feild will be hard to replace, but our wish for her is that every day of her retirement is filled with joy and happiness.


L-R: Katherine Crawford, Ann, Dave Chaffins, and Winston Chaffins help celebrate Ann’s retirement at a luncheon at Stella's in Richmond

Grants Provide Funds for Jackson-Feild Renovation

Thanks to the generosity of the Ridley Foundation of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia and Bruton Parish Episcopal Church in Williamsburg  the restrooms in the Robinson/Withers at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Service’s gymnasium have been renovated.

The rest rooms have needed to be renovated for some time but funds were not available  for the project. Grants from the Ridley Foundation and the Mission and Outreach Committee at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church provided the needed funding for this project and Ridley Foundation provided funding for the renovations.

Work began in late August and was completed in September.  New tile was  installed on the walls and floors. Commodes were replaced in both rest rooms and a new urinal was installed in the boy’s rest room. Existing partitions in both bathrooms were re-sanded and re-painted. New LED light fixtures replaced fluorescent fixtures in both bathrooms which will improve lighting and save operating costs.

The children and staff thank the board of the Ridley Foundation and the members of Bruton Parish Church for their wonderful support to complete these much-needed renovations.

Jackson-Feild’s Public Release for Free and Reduced Price Meals

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is eligible and participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs sponsored by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. A copy of the policy governing this program is on file at the school and may be reviewed by any interested party.

 The USDA announced that up to $5 million in grant funds is available to help schools create and strengthen farm to school programs this school year. Administered by USDA’s Food & Nutrition Service these annual, competitive grants will help further USDA’s efforts to increase locally owned foods in America’s school meals.

The program receives support from the Federal government. Although all children receive the meals at no charge, the household size and income will be used to determine the number of children eligible for free or reduced price meals.  The result of this process determines the amount of support received from the Federal government.

The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination  against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race ,color, national origin, age,disability,sex, gender identity,religion,reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form(PDF), found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA  through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339; or (800)845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Colonial Heights Rotary Donates School Supplies to Jackson-Feild

The Colonial Heights Rotary Club conducted a drive to collect school supplies for the students at the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.

The Rotary Club has  been a regular supporter of the children at Jackson-Feild.  They donated 16 bicycles in 2015, provided school supplies and hosted ice cream social to name a few.

The club will be conducting a drive to collect blue blazers and sports coats for the boys. Dress clothing for girls is not a need but is desperately needed for boys.

Club president Renette Rawlins and members presents Tod Balsbaugh school supplies collected by the club at its regular club meeting.

Jacskon-Feild Homecoming

It’s time to start planning for this year’s “Homecoming”; so mark your calendars TODAY!

Let's face it...years are passing and our time is short; so please make every effort to attend this annual event. We’d love to see ALL our sisters from days gone by so make it a special afternoon to spend time with those who come to share and reminisce of memories as young girls at Jackson-Feild and check out our website at!

We would love to see everyone, so please communicate with ANY sisters you may see or make contact with about our annual "Homecoming”.

It’s a time to celebrate and learn of our Legacy so please feel free to bring your family; spouses, children and grandchildren as well!

We would love to see EVERYONE attend this year, especially YOU…so please grace us with your presence!

"HOMECOMING" occurs every year...2nd Sunday of September..Mark your calendars NOW!  

Our event will be hosted at the on-site Community Building for Homecoming 2016!

Grace Church

9986 Purdy Road

Jarratt, Virginia 23867

September 11th

Noon 'til...

Bring a dish to pass and photos of the past!

Jackson-Feild Promotes Gary Bryant to Residential Supervisor

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) is pleased to announce that Gary Bryant has been promoted to the position of Residential Supervisor of Darden Cottage where he had been serving as a residential counselor.

In his new position, Bryant will be responsible for the daily operations of Darden Cottage and supervise the residents and staff of the cottage. He will be responsible for the implementation of curriculums and help with the development of new program initiatives.  He also will be responsible for ensuring that Darden Cottage operations comply with licensing and certification standards

He has worked in the field of children’s services and mental health since 1993. He has been on the staff at Jackson-Feild since 2010.

Mr. Bryant, a native of New Bern NC, is attending Southside Virginia Community College working toward his degree in human services.  Additionally, he is an intern with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Practice Board. Mr. Bryant is a youth pastor at First Anointed Christian Assembly in Lawrenceville VA.

He is the proud father of two grown children:  a son who works for a general contractor in Georgia, and a daughter serving in the United States Army.

Jackson-Feild congratulates Gary Bryant and thanks him for his dedication to all that he does both for JFBHS as well as for his community.

Jackson-Feild Homes Promotes Katherine Turner

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is pleased to announce that Kate Turner has been promoted to the position of Director of Utilization Review. Ms. Turner has held several positions at Jackson-Feild most recently serving as a therapist for residents.

The Director of Utilization Review ensures that children are receiving effective and appropriate treatment services.

It is a key position that focuses on ensuring that quality services are provided to residents and that Jackson-Feild is complies with best practice for risk management, performance quality improvement goals, HIPPA requirements and Council on Accreditation standards.

She provides oversight of the case management services for children’s records. This position interfaces daily with managed care organizations, external reviewers and regulatory entities.

The director works closely with Virginia’s managed care vendor, Magellan, regarding the funding of children’s services and issues related to funding.

She received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Master’s Degree from Liberty University. Her education and experience makes her well qualified to fulfill the responsibilities of her new position.

Delano Named Secretary of National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health

Patricia H. Delano, President and CEO of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services has been elected Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health (NACBH).

NACBH is a national organization dedicated to enhancing the availability and delivery of services for children with emotional and behavioral disorders and for their families. For three decades, NACBH has been a force for change to help children.  It leverages the knowledge and expertise of its members to serve as leaders who impact legislation and initiate conversation concerning children’s mental issues.

With twenty-seven years of experience, Ms. Delano has served as the CEO of Jackson-Feild for the past seven years. She has guided JFBHS through some of its most challenging times in its 161-year history, and the organization is more viable and successful than ever.  She welcomes this new opportunity for Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services to make a greater impact at the national level.

Hyppolite Recognized by VCU School of Social Work

Marie Hyppolite, Senior Clinician for Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services was honored by Virginia Commonwealth University’ s School of Social Work with their 2016 Amy Rosenblum Award.

This award is given to field work instructors who supervise undergraduate and graduate social work interns during their field placement with a human/behavioral health organization. It embodies excellence in teaching and supervising students in an on-going collaboration with the School of Social Work. It the School of Social Work’s most prestigious award. The recipient receives a monetary honorarium.````````

Ms. Hyppolite has guided many students in their development as professional social workers and the school was very happy to accord her this honor for 2016. She was recognized at an appreciation luncheon for all field instructors.

Ms. Hyppolite began her career at JFBHS in 1993 as a case manager at the Eleventh House which was a community-based group home operated by Jackson-Feild to prepare residents for independent living. She was later named director. She moved to Walnut Grove in 2009 to serve as a therapist and was later promoted to senior clinician.

She received her undergraduate from Oral Roberts University and her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is forever working to improve her skills and is currently working toward certification for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is an effective psychotherapy to treat children with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms.

Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild graduates eight students

June 10 was a very special day for eight students who attend the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services. Four students received their standard high school diploma and four received their GED. In addition, seven graduates and undergraduates received their Home Health Care Aide certificate and pin.

Dr. Bill Bowling, Director of Education, presided over the ceremony held at the Golden Leaf Commons at Southside Virginia Community College, Emporia Campus. Dr. JoAnn Smart, Director of Clinical Services, was the commencement speaker.

Two students addressed the members of their class expressing their thanks to the school and faculty. They challenged their fellow graduates to build upon the education they received at Gwaltney School.

Six scholarships were awarded to students to help with college expenses. Nancy Sands, President of the Episcopal Church Women from the Diocese of Southern Virginia, presented each graduate with a $100 honorarium.

Over the last eighteen years, 157 students have graduated from the Gwaltney School with either a diploma or GED certificate. Each year, in honor and recognition of the student's work, an anonymous donor has provided a bouquet of roses for each girl, a wallet for each boy, and a gift card for every graduate. Another donor underwrote the cost of class rings which were presented to every graduate.

BB&T Emporia Branch Shines Light on Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Through Its Lighthouse Project

Employees from the Emporia branch of BB&T partnered with Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services by painting common areas in Gwaltney Cottage.

 This partnership is based on BB&T’s “Lighthouse Project” a company-wide community service program.  BB&T believes an investment in their communities is one of the best investments they will ever make! Whether it’s a financial contribution, an investment of time or both, they feel their support can truly make a difference.

This project gave BB&T an opportunity to provide corporate financial support to local charities, while associates roll up their sleeves and go to work. Since the Lighthouse Project began in 2009, their associates have contributed more than 385,000 volunteer hours and have improved the quality of life for more than 11 million people

The Emporia team members eagerly accepted this challenge to paint one of JFBHS’s residential cottages Mark Owen and his team arrived bright and early on May 21st with paint brushes and rollers in hand.  They got right to work and by the end of the day the cottage had a whole new look. The funds to purchase the paint and supplies was provided by a grant from BB&T.

Mark and his family have been involved at JFBHS for years. He knows the good work that is being done daily to help children with mental health disorders understand and manage their disorders.

JFBHS is most grateful for the help and support that the Lighthouse Project has provided to improve the quality of life and upgrade the living quarters for its children.

Golfers Swing Their Way to Help Jackson-Feild’s Children

May 9 could not have been a better day for a golf tournament.  The weather was perfect and the course at The Country Club at the Highlands in Chesterfield County was in excellent shape.  The 83 golfers who participated enjoyed their time on the links and the volunteers who worked the event had a great time, but it was the children at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services were the ultimate winners of the 21st annual Go Golfing for the Kids tournament.

Proceeds from the 2016 tournament will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous foundation and be used to build an outdoor recreation center with a sports court and swimming pool.  Over the years, proceeds from the tournament have been used to finance a variety of special needs such as start-up initiatives and children’s programs in addition to providing scholarship funding for children with no money for their care.

JFBHS would thank the following:  Boddie-Noell Enterprises for being the tournament sponsor for the 21st year in a row; Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial for being the presenting sponsor; Jones LTC Pharmacy for being the dinner sponsor; and Hardee’s for providing delicious box lunches to all the participants and volunteers.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Thanks the Greensville Co. Sheriff’s Office


In recognition of Respect for Law Week, the children and kitchen staff at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services baked cupcakes for every member of the Greensville County Sheriff’s office.

In July 1963, the Past-President of Optimist International met with then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in a discussion that led to the creation of Respect for Law Week.  The week is intended to inspire respect for the law among young people and it acknowledges the outstanding contribution of those charged with law enforcement. Each year the first full week of May is designated Respect For Law Week

The residents and staff of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services not only want to commend and recognize the Greensville County Sheriff’s office for their service, but they also want to thank them for their help and support.


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