Mike Zohab
Full Name
Mike Zohab
Job Title
State Opioid Response Grant Manager
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (VA)
Speaker Bio
Mike is a lifelong resident of Henrico County, Virginia and retired from the Richmond Police Department after 30 years. The majority of his law enforcement career has been in investigations with a primary focus in all levels of drug enforcement. These included working in an undercover capacity, supervision of narcotic and violent crime investigations, asset forfeiture and money laundering investigations, and retiring as the Commander in charge of the Special Investigation Division. Currently Mike is the State Opioid Response Grant Manager for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services for the State of Virginia and has managed over 80 million dollars of grant funding for the State of Virginia building prevention, treatment and recovery programs for Substance Use Disorder.In 2013 Mike saw a need for the renovation of how law enforcement addressed opiate dependent individuals. The drastic increase in overdose victims, coupled with years of professional and personal contact with individuals struggling with addiction, fueled a passion to be a change agent in this opiate epidemic. Mike instituted policy changes and educational programs to better serve the victims of the disease of substance use disorder and in the spring of 2016 founded the Virginia Recovery Foundation. The Virginia Recovery Foundation offers fiscal support for those seeking recovery and sponsors prevention programs in schools. Mike has been a change agent for the Recovery Community and leader in forming stakeholder partnerships with the public safety and the health and human resources community.