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 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.
Learn about the activities of the Department of Community and Human Services. The annual Community Impact Report highlights fiscal information along with the accomplishments of the three direct care centers: Adult Services, Children and Families and Economic Support. See the successes of our programs and clients, all which have been supported by our community partners. Find out why Emergency Services had an 82% increase in people served, how children's services saved millions of dollars while improving care, and see information on the number of Alexandrians experiencing homelessness and the drop in the rate of teen pregnancy.
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.
Every year in the U.S. more than
a thousand babies die from unexplained causes. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
(SIDS) happens to babies under the age of one year and has no known cause, even
after extensive investigation. Over the years health professionals have
encouraged parents to place babies on their backs when putting them to bed at
night or for a nap, with no loose blanket or bedding. This simple action has
reduced the SIDS rate by 50%. To learn more about ways to ensure that your baby
has a safe sleep, visit http://www.nichd.nih.gov/SIDS.
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.
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.
Department of Community & Human Services
Customer Call Center 703.746.5700
Intake for Adult Mental Health,Intellectual Disability & Substance Abuse Services703.746.3535
Intake for Child & Youth Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Intellectual Disability Waiver Services571.213.7963
Emergency Mental Health Services703.746.3401
Detox/Substance Abuse Services703.746.3636
Child Protective Services703.746.5800or State 1.800.552.7096
Adult Protective Services703.746.5778