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) that are needed by people with no health insurance or other means to pay for the services they need.
Web and Social Media
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
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) that are needed by people with no health insurance or other means to pay for the services they need.
Impact Accomplishments
  1. Richmond Behavioral Health Foundation (RBHF) was established as the fundraising arm of the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority.
  2. Met goal of 100% Board support.
  3. Received funds to support Early Intervention Services’ provision of multi-disciplinary assessments to benefit families through implementation of the transdisciplinary approach to service delivery. This program serves infants and toddlers between the ages of birth to three years old who are eligible for services due to a 25% or greater developmental delay, atypical development and/or a diagnosed condition likely to lead to developmental delay.
  4. Co-Sponsored the Art of Recovery Event which included artwork created by people in recovery, as well as friends of people in recovery. The event was a culmination of 15 art classes for people in recovery and benefited the RBHA, RBHF and SAARA.

Current Goals:
  1. Support RBHA’s move towards integration of primary and behavioral health care and compliance with the changing healthcare landscape through financial support of integration efforts such as the RBHA Primary Care Clinic.
  2. Support RBHA’s provision of wrap-around supports to women and their families who are recovering from substance use disorders and co-occurring mental illness. RBHA serves between 150 and 175 women and their families each year, with 25-30 of those women being pregnant. The women and families we serve are living at or below the federal poverty line and need practical assistance to be able to stay engaged in services. Services include childcare, family meals, transportation and deposits for rent or utilities.
  3. Support RBHA’s provision of evidence-based substance use disorder and mental health treatment services by seeking additional funding to supplement services for the uninsured and underinsured populations.
  4. Expand awareness and knowledge of the RBHF throughout Richmond to increase giving to the annual fund and support for the RBHF.
  • Monetary support for health and wellness education and self-management of chronic diseases for severely impaired behavioral health consumers through the RBHA Primary Care Clinic.  Chronic medical health challenges are more prevalent among people with serious behavioral health issues than the general population.
  • Sponsorship of, or financial support for, our annual art therapy and recovery event, The Art of Recovery. This event includes ongoing art instruction for adults with mental health and substance use disorders and a culminating exhibit of artwork and poetry.
  • 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.
  • Supplies to support children receiving Early Intervention services including therapeutic toys and diapers. 
Background 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. The RBHA separated from City government in 1996 and became the first Behavioral Health Authority in Virginia. The 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, the 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 firsthand what a difference RBHA makes in the Richmond community. Since its inception, the RBHA has served thousands of vulnerable children and adults. In 2015, RBHA provided active services to more than 11,000 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, nor Medicaid or Medicare eligibility, nor any other means to pay for essential services. The 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 the 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
Mr. Stephen Fishel Elliott Davis LLC
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
Mary Jane Zacharias Ganey Zacharias Ganey Health Institute, LLC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 86
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?
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
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$140,692$96,802$73,845
Administration Expense$29,086$31,948$5,401
Fundraising Expense$33,517$31,103--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.070.870.77
Program Expense/Total Expenses69%61%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue29%51%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$68,524$45,823$42,831
Current Assets$68,524$45,823$42,831
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$109,834$102,164$78,863
Total Net Assets($41,310)($56,344)($36,032)
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.620.450.54
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
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 501 © 3 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 significantly (by approximately 10%, or $4 million) over the past two years. The reduction in funding has been caused primarily by managed care operations, sequestration, and reductions in Medicaid reimbursement rates for behavioral health services. 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, resulting in approximately 70% more funding in the second year of operation to help support various services provided by the Authority.

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 2015, RBHA provided active services to more than 11,000 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, most people served by the Authority have no private insurance, nor Medicaid or Medicare eligibility, nor any other means to pay for essential services, a situation resulting in a 10% increase in non-benefited consumers receiving services (without a payment source) during the past two years. This result alone is alarming, given the continual decrease in funding sources, coupled with an increasing need to provide behavioral health services for non-benefited consumers.

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.