Our History

January 5, 2021

Colonial Behavioral Health celebrates 50 years of wellness, support and recovery services


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth services (via phone and video conferencing) implemented


Genoa Healthcare Pharmacy, a full service, on-site pharmacy opens in Building 1-Main Campus

Greater Williamsburg Trauma-Informed Community Network (GW-TICN) established with CBH Prevention Services as a founding member

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Services expanded to the York-Poquoson Office

Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services (People’s Place) expanded to the York-Poquoson Office


Same Day Access to services implemented


Historic Triangle Drug Prevention Coalition (HTDPC) established with CBH Prevention Services as a founding member

Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) established

Suboxone Clinic later renamed Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Services established via a grant from the Williamsburg Health Foundation

Greater Williamsburg Network of Care – Military & Veteran Resource page established via a grant from Farm Fresh


Connections Residential Services opens three new residential houses

Mental Health Services for Active Duty, Veterans and their Families established in the York-Poquoson Office

Patient Portal (powered by InteliChart) launched

Peer Support Services established


Crisis Intervention Team Assessment Center (CITAC) opened at Riverside Doctor's Hospital Williamsburg

Telepsychiatry Services established at Merrimac Detention Center


Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) established


Capitol Landing reopens fully dedicated to Child & Adolescent Services; Administrative Services moves into office on McLaws Circle

Child & Adolescent Services began offering Intensive Care Coordination (ICC)

Child & Adolescent Short-Term Crisis Counseling established


Agency name changed to Colonial Behavioral Health

Began telepsychiatry services to Olde Towne Medical Center and Lackey Clinic

Greater Williamsburg Child Assessment Center (GWCAC) opens at Capitol Landing via a grant from the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation

Began direct delivery of Child & Adolescent Substance Use Disorder (SUD) services


Capitol Landing Office opened housing Administrative Services 

Enclave employment model established to replace sheltered employment at Colonial Workshop

Greater Williamsburg Network of Care website launched via grant from the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation


Contract with SpiritWorks Foundation as state pilot for Substance Use Recovery Support Services

IOP services established in the York-Poquoson Office


Dennis Wool retires; David A. Coe hired as Executive Director

Chronic Care Collaborative partnership established with Williamsburg Community Health Foundation (WCHF) to provide Psychiatric Services to Olde Towne Medical Center and Lackey Free Clinic

Pathways - Senior Services established


Child & Adolescent Services established at Merrimac Detention Center

Intensive In-home Services for Children & Adolescents established


Harris Daniel retires - Dennis Wool hired as Executive Director

Building 1 - Clinical Services opens on Main Campus - 1651 Merrimac Trail

Early 2000’s

Mental Health Supports later became Mental Health Skill-building established


Contracted with Olde Towne Medical Center for Psychiatric Services in a primary care setting 


Therapeutic Community (SA) and Psychiatric Services established at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (VPRJ)


People’s Place moved to current location in Busch Industrial Park

Early 90's

Established Substance Abuse (SA) - Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for adults and children

Established Transitional Living Apartment (TLA) for MH residents 


Established ID Day Health Rehab Services - later ID Day Support Program


Agency changed name to Colonial Services Board


Child & Adolescent Case Management Services established 

Development of prevention as agency focus

Intellectual Disability (ID) Case Management (IDCM) established

Relocated Grafton Office from Garrison Building to current location in lower York County


Mental Health Drop-in Center became People's Place-Psychosocial Rehab Program located in Building 2


Mental Health Supportive Employment Services established

Mid 80's 

Mental Health Case Management Services established at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (VPRJ)

Mental Health Drop-in Center established

Transitional-age youth services established in all local school districts


Intellectual Disability Supported Employment established


Intellectual Disability (ID) Residential Services established at Colonial Parkway Apartments


Building 3 on Main Campus opens housing all disability services

Mental Health (MH) Residential Services established


Colonial Enterprises renamed to Colonial Workshop

Special Education Services started with Williamsburg-James City County School


Building 2 - 1657 Merrimac Trail opened, housing administrative and all upper area services except Workshop 


Harris Daniel hired as Executive Director

Dr. Jose Erfe, MD hired as first Medical Director

First Grafton office opens in the Garrison Building (currently Towne Bank on George Washington Memorial Hwy in Yorktown)

Op Shop renamed Colonial Enterprises and relocated from Eastern State Hospital to the Magruder Annex, York County school property

Tidewater Mental Health Clinic, operated by the state, became a direct CSB operation. 


Bradford Hammer hired as Executive Director


Agency name changed to Colonial Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services

Substance Abuse Services added to CSB mission through Chapter 11 of Virginia State Code

Contracted with Bacon Street for adolescent services

Early 70's

Contracted with Child Development Resources for early intervention and Part C services

Counseling Center located on Prince George Street


Ownership and operation of the Op Shop became fully CSB's

Psychiatry was shared with Eastern State Hospital (ESH), developed with ESH interns at CSB


City of Poquoson added to service delivery area

January 18, 1971 

First Board of Director's Meeting; Mrs. Edna Patrick, First Board Chair

January 5, 1971

Agency created as Mental Health and Mental Retardation Board for Williamsburg, York County and James City County

Tom Treece - First Executive Director

Location: Eastern State Hospital - Building 2

Community Opportunity Shop (OP Shop) located in the basement of Building 27 

Mental Health Services referred to as Continuing Care Services established

Mental Health Case Management Services established

Both the United States and CBH mental health services got their start at Eastern State Hospital

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