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Chesapeake mental health agency changes name

Thursday - 12/26/2013, 8:36am  ET

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - A Chesapeake agency that serves people with mental or behavioral disabilities is changing its name to eliminate confusion and more accurately reflect its mission.

The Virginian-Pilot reports ( ) that the city's Community Services Board is now known as Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Healthcare. City Council approved the change last week.

Officials say that over the years, residents have mistakenly contacted the contacted the agency to apply for marriage licenses, food stamps and other services unrelated to its mission.

Virginia law requires localities to have community services boards -- although not necessarily by that name. The agencies provide mental health, substance abuse and other behavioral care to residents who cannot afford it.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

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