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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.

Programs and Services

The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) provides social services and public benefits assistance; mental health, intellectual disability and substance abuse services; and supports initiatives for women through three direct care centers: the Center for Children & Families, the Center for Adult Services and the Center for Economic Support. Not sure what service you need? See our service chart, visit Call.Click.Connect or contact the DCHS Call Center at 703.746.5700.

Public Invited to Conversation on Alexandria Fund for Human Services

The City Council approved changes to the funding and allocation process of the Alexandria Fund for Human Services (AFHS) effective FY 2016, as recommended by the Citizen Review Committee.  The AFHS allows the City to support human service programs that meet the needs of a diverse community.  On November 12, staff sent out specific information regarding the proposed implementation and invited members of the community, representatives from nonprofit agencies, as well as past, present and prospective grant recipients to register to be part of these conversations. View the Stakeholder Conversations, the ACHSO Overview, Outcomes and Indicators and Timeline.  For additional information or to forward comments, contact Ronald Frazier, Director, Office of Youth Services, Department of Community and Human Services, at ron.frazier@alexandriava.gov or at 703.746.5967.

Help Make the Holidays Happy for Those in Need

Be part of the holiday spirit and provide gifts to low-income families, foster children, and senior citizens or people with disabilities through the Department of Community and Human Services Holiday Sharing Program. Sign up online to help. For more information, email holidaysharing@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.5663.

JobLink Offers Job Search Workshops
JobLink, Alexandria's One-Stop Career Center, is now offering a variety of workshops to assist persons in finding employment. The workshops are designed for job seekers at all levels of the career ladder and all occupations. Learn more about the offerings and check out the calendar on the JobLink page.
Mental Health First Aid Training Continues

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.

How You Can Play a Role in Preventing Suicide

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among Americans, claiming more than twice as many lives each year as homicides. Learn more about this serious public health problem and what we can do to help prevent suicide.  

 

Confidential Screening

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.

DCHS Strategic Plan Online

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.

Annual Report

We welcome this opportunity to share our FY 2013 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.

 

Department of Community & Human Services

 Customer Call Center 
703.746.5700

Intake for Mental Health,
Intellectual Disability & Substance Abuse Services
703.746.3535

In Crisis? Call us now.
24 hours a day:

Emergency Mental Health Services
703.746.3401

Detox/Substance Abuse Services
703.746.3636

Sexual Assault
703.683.7273

Domestic Violence
703.746.4911

Child Protective Services
703.746.5800
or State
 1.800.552.7096

Adult Protective Services
703.746.5778