Gail M. Taylor, M.Ed

Director, Behavioral Health Wellness, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

Gail Maddox Taylor is the Director of the Office of Behavioral Health Wellness for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services where she provides leadership in the development and implementation of comprehensive substance abuse prevention systems at the state and community levels.  Ms. Taylor also oversees the state’s Suicide Prevention and Mental Health First Aide statewide initiatives. Ms. Taylor is the current lead for prevention strategies for Virginia’s Prescription Drug and Heroin Overdose Prevention Initiative and the Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) Initiatives funded by SAMHSA. She was recently selected as 1 of 25 participants from across the country to be in the National Council on Behavioral Health’s 2015 “Addressing Health Disparities in Behavioral Health” Leadership Academy. 

Ms. Taylor’s former roles included: Substance Abuse Prevention Subject Matter Expert for the Army National Guard Bureau charged with developing a state infrastructure and partnerships to employ substance abuse prevention services to National Guard soldiers across the country; Southeast Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Services Manager for SAMHSA’s  Strategic Prevention Framework Advancement and Support (SPFAS) project coordinating prevention system development, system reviews and technical assistance for 11 states/territories including the District of Columbia, U.S Virginia Islands and Puerto Rico in the Southeast region of U.S. Ms. Taylor was the Project Manager for Virginia’s SAMHSA State Incentive Grant implemented through the Virginia Governor’s Office for Substance Abuse Prevention after having served at the local level through Henrico and Hanover Community Services Boards, leading and delivering local substance abuse prevention services through community coalitions.

Ms. Taylor graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Psychology and holds a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from James Madison University. She is married with two adult sons, two grandsons and is a Master Gardener.