Welcome to the Department of Community and Human Services
We envision a community in which residents enjoy a sense of well-being, safety and self-sufficiency. We strive to provide effective and essential safety net services that measurably improve or maintain the quality of life for Alexandrians. We are guided by the following values and principles: equal access for all people, dignity and respect, cultural competency, ethics and accountability, collaboration, competency, integrity and continuous improvement.
The Bellefonte Wizards will soon be on the court again competing against the DCHS Shooting Stars for the prestigious Gilmore Cup. The annual basketball game between the Bellefonte Wizards, adults with intellectual disabilities who live in City residential housing and participate in activities designed to develop community relationships and connections, and staff from the Department of Community and Human Services, coached by DCHS Director Michael Gilmore, will take place Monday, December 16 at 7 p.m. at the Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 West Reed Ave.
The Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission will hold an additional meeting for comment on the draft Children and Youth Master Plan. The community forum on the draft plan will be held Monday, December 16, at 6:30 p.m. at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., in the Rotunda Room on the second floor. To view the draft plan, provide comment about the plan online, or learn more about the Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission, visit alexandriava.gov/CYFCC. Call 703.746.5970 to RSVP, to request additional information or to request language interpretation assistance. The City of Alexandria complies with the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act. An individual with a disability who wishes to request an accommodation may contact the Department of Community and Human Services at 703.746.5970 (TTY: 703.836.1493). Please provide at least seven calendar days’ advance notice.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training continues for laypersons and paraprofessionals in Alexandria. MHFA is an 8-hour training on skills to help persons who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Registration is open until filled. Limit 20 participants per class. More information about the training is available here, or visit our online registration form for class dates and registration. All classes are held at 4480 King St., fifth floor, unless otherwise indicated. Attendees of the full 8-hour course will receive a three-year certification in MHFA. For more information about MHFA, visit mentalhealthfirstaid.org.
When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also referred to as Obamacare, becomes effective October 1, people will have the opportunity to use the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace to compare and shop for private health insurance plans, as well as determine their eligibility for tax credits to help pay for coverage. There will also be some changes to Virginia’s existing health care programs. Read more.
We are pleased to present the Department of Community and Human Services Strategic Plan for FY 2013 - FY 2015. The plan is a long-term blueprint aligned with the City of Alexandria Strategic Plan. The plans work to ensure we remain sound financial stewards of public resources by improving existing operations and responding to outside challenges while providing effective and efficient safety net services that measurably improve or maintain the quality of life for Alexandrians.
We welcome this opportunity to share our FY 2012 activities. The Department of Community and Human Services is organized into three direct care centers: the Center for Adult Services, the Center for Children and Families, and the Center for Economic Support, as well as two offices: the Office of Administrative Services and the Office of Strategic Initiatives and Communications. The pages of this annual report highlight our fiscal information along with the accomplishments of our centers, offices and those of the people we serve.
The Department of Community and Human Services welcomes you to the online mental health screening and the screening tool for substance use disorders. This free screening is made available to the general public and is taken anonymously. The screening is provided so that you may find out - in a few minutes - whether or not professional consultation would be helpful to you.
The fall issue of the Department of Community and Human Services newsletter features Health Through the Life Stages, Substance Abuse Recovery Month, Keeping Children in the Community and Saving Millions in Dollars, Health Care for Uninsured Persons with Mental Illness and more.