Richmond Behavioral Health Foundation
107 South 5th Street
Richmond VA 23219
Mission Statement
The mission of the Richmond Behavioral Health Foundation (RBHF) is to save lives by supporting and enhancing the essential primary and behavioral health services of the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA).
CEO/Executive Director Dr. John P. Lindstrom Ph.D., LCP
Board Chair Mrs. Susan B. Horne
Board Chair Company Affiliation LEAD Virginia
Contact Information
Address 107 South 5th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Telephone 804 819-4097
Fax 804 819-4269
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2010
Former Names
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $120,000.00
Projected Expenses $120,000.00
The mission of the Richmond Behavioral Health Foundation (RBHF) is to save lives by supporting and enhancing the essential primary and behavioral health services of the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA).



  1. RBHF worked to expand the Board of Trustees and maintain 100% Trustees support.
  2. RBHF supported the Health Educator position at the RICH Primary Care Clinic to provide vital health education to individuals receiving integrated primary and behavioral health care services at RBHA. The RICH Clinic has served over 1,000 individuals since opening its doors three year ago.
  3. RBHA’s homeless services program was expanded with support from RBHF to provide critically necessary funds to cover housing expenses, medication costs, and transportation needs of individuals with mental health and/or substance use disorders who are homeless or facing homelessness.
  4. RBHF continued the Recovery By Design programs, a unique community partnership with mOb + Storefront for Community Design to offer art and design classes to RBHA clients. RBHF hosted an exhibit of client art work to help spread awareness and fight stigma associated with mental health and substance use disorders.


Current Goals:


  1. Improve services to help fight the growing opioid and substance use epidemic through support of capital renovations at RBHA’s North Campus, a residential substance use treatment facility.
  2. Continue and expand the Recovery By Design program to allow more individuals to participate in art and design classes that help support therapeutic treatment.
  3. Serve as an outreach and education resource to RBHA so that the broader Richmond community can better understand mental health, substance use disorders, and developmental disabilities.
  4. Support RBHA’s vital health services with increased outreach and fundraising to provide assistance in an uncertain healthcare landscape.
  5. Provide funding and in-kind support to individuals receiving services at RBHA that do not have Medicaid or any other means of payment.




  • Capital support for renovations that are underway at RBHA’s North Campus, a residential substance use treatment center located in Richmond City. North Campus includes: gender-specific treatment options of men and women; the HOPE program for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders; medically monitored withdrawal management; and a child activity center to assist children of women receiving treatment.
  • Monetary support for health and wellness education and self-management of chronic diseases for severely impaired behavioral health consumers through the RICH Primary Care Clinic. Chronic medical health challenges are more prevalent among people with serious behavioral health issues than the general population.
  • Financial support for family-centered, wrap-around support for women and families who are recovering from substance use disorders and co-occurring mental illness. Richmond has a highest rate of substance-exposed infants, low birth weight rates, infant mortality, and children in foster care due to parents’ substance use.
  • Financial support for housing. Safe and stable housing is a critical component of successful recovery from serious mental health and substance use disorders. More than half our consumers live in substandard housing, are homeless or are in danger of becoming homeless.



The Richmond Behavioral Health Foundation (RBHF) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that serves as the fundraising arm of the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA). The RBHA was originally established in 1968 as a department of the City of Richmond. RBHA separated from City government in 1996 and became the first Behavioral Health Authority in Virginia. RBHA is one of the 40 Community Services Boards throughout the Commonwealth, each with a specific jurisdictional mandate to provide mental health, developmental disabilities and substance use disorders treatment and rehabilitation services for the citizens of their respective communities. While no longer a department under Richmond City, RBHA serves this role for the City of Richmond.

The Richmond Behavioral Health Foundation advocates and seeks support for RBHA. Our supporters and volunteers know first-hand what a difference RBHA makes in the Richmond community. Since its inception, RBHA has served thousands of vulnerable children and adults. In 2016, RBHA provided active services to more than 12,000 people (approximately 5% of the City's population), ranging in age from infants and toddlers to the elderly. Additionally, RBHA has also responded to more than 34,000 individuals during times of emotional crisis through our Crisis Intervention Unit, which is open 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. Presently, many people served by the Authority have no private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare eligibility, or any other means to pay for essential services. RBHA is organized around five major service areas: Mental Health; Developmental Services; Substance Use Disorders; Primary Medical; and Emergency and Assessment Services. The people we serve frequently require assistance in more than one of these areas, and RBHA is uniquely positioned to respond to all of those needs in a comprehensive, integrated manner.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority is mandated to provide behavioral health care in the City of Richmond. Through our partnerships with other area Community Service Boards, we reach into the neighboring communities of Henrico, Hanover and Chesterfield.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Susan B. Horne
Company Affiliation LEAD Virginia
Term July 2015 to June 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Ms. Jeannie P. Baliles Community Volunteer
Irvin L. Dallas Community Volunteer
Mrs. Susan B. Horne Lead Virginia
Matt Isner Charles Ryan Associates
John P. Lindstrom Ph.D, LCPCEO, RBHA and President, RBHF
Dr. William L. Murray Dominion
Dr. Cynthia Newbille Richmond Memorial Health Foundation
Mr. John D. Smith HCA CJW Medical Center
Eduardo P.G. Vidal Community Volunteer
Mary Jane Zacharias Ganey Zacharias Ganey Health Institute, LLC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Dr. John P. Lindstrom Ph.D., LCP
Former CEOs
Dr. Jack O. Lanier Oct 2009 - July 2014
Full Time Staff 1
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

When individuals are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral crises, they may represent a real danger to themselves or others. Helping these individuals requires extensive, specialized training, experience and a quick response. RBHA provides 24-hour, 7 days per week, 365 days per year emergency crisis intervention services.  In addition, we also offer a residential crisis stabilization unit (CSU), where staff can provide services that calm these individuals and reduce their most significant symptoms, thereby preventing more costly hospitalization or incarceration. In addition to responding to crises, this division also provides ongoing triage and assessment, hospital discharge planning, case management and medication access services.

Developmental disabilities impacts many individuals and families in our community. Intellectual and Developmental disabilities are lifelong conditions affecting an individual’s ability to learn and perform daily activities. However, with early intervention, appropriate education and individualized supports, people with developmental disabilities can lead satisfying and productive lives in the community. There are 180 adults receiving supported employment services and 95% of those maintain competitive employment.
This division also operates Early Intervention services, a federal entitlement program for children between the ages of 0 and 3 years who have developmental delays.


Description Mental illness is a brain and chemical disorder that
affects people of all races, income and education levels. Through
medication management, support services and other person-centered treatment, we help those individuals we serve successfully manage serious mental illness so they can become productive members of the community. In FY15, we served 3,615 individuals. This division also serves youth with, or at risk for, a
serious emotional disorder, providing a comprehensive array of services and supports that have proven to be highly effective in helping these youth learn to manage their disorders and become contributing members of their community.
Description Persons with substance use disorders require treatment, recovery support and ongoing relapse-prevention services. RBHA provides community-based outreach and a continuum of case management, outpatient and residential treatment services plus medication-assisted therapies, where appropriate, to address an individual's specific needs. RBHA also works aggressively to communicate prevention messages to Richmond's youth and reaches out to at-risk individuals with programs to prevent the development of substance use disorders or further spread of HIV in our community. This division also houses a gender-specific services unit for women and their families.  
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $120,000.00
Projected Expenses $120,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$19,457$140,692$96,802
Administration Expense$18,279$29,086$31,948
Fundraising Expense$12,399$33,517$31,103
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.511.070.87
Program Expense/Total Expenses39%69%61%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue78%29%51%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$81,220$68,524$45,823
Current Assets$81,220$68,524$45,823
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$46,926$109,834$102,164
Total Net Assets$34,294($41,310)($56,344)
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.730.620.45
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View
Organization Comments

The Richmond Behavioral Health Foundation (RBHF) is a fairly new organization having just received its 501c3 status in 2010, and with its fundraising effort first launched in 2011. Although the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) receives funding from state, federal and Richmond City sources, the overall funding support for the Authority’s mission has been reduced over time. RBHA faces an uncertain funding future with potential changes to Medicaid on the horizon. In order to maintain an appropriate level of care and support for an increasing number of consumers, it is critical that the recently established Foundation seeks and obtains funding to support the delivery of essential services to people who have no means of payment. In the last two years, the Foundation has successfully expanded its donor base and increased outreach and community education efforts.

The Authority continues to provide a vital behavioral health safety net for thousands of vulnerable children and adults in the Greater Richmond area and beyond. In 2016, RBHA provided active services to more than 12,000 individuals, ranging in age from infants and toddlers to the elderly, representing approximately five percent of Richmond City’s total population. The Authority has also responded to more than 34,000 individuals during times of emotional crisis through the Authority’s emergency/crisis intervention team’s contacts, to include telephone calls, as well as office and field visits. Presently, 40% of individuals served by the Authority have no private insurance, nor Medicaid or Medicare eligibility, nor any other means to pay for essential services.

During the past four years, the Authority has provided the Foundation with a $120,000 line of credit annually to help with essential operating expenses. The Foundation is expected to become self-sustaining expeditiously with the aggressive fundraising and marketing efforts led by the Director of Development for the Foundation and a very energized Board of Trustees.
Foundation Comments
  • The Form 990s are for the Foundation.
  • The 2013 audit is for the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority.