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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.

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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.

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Community Impact Report

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.

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FREE Tax Prep for Eligible Residents
The City of Alexandria is offering free tax preparation to qualifying residents. Taxpayers are eligible if their income is below approximately $35,000 for individuals and $51,000 for families. Expert volunteers from Community Tax Aid, Inc. will ensure that taxpayers apply for all applicable credits and deductions, especially the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, which people often don’t realize they are eligible to receive. See flyer for complete details. Download flyer which has information in both English and Spanish.
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Transitioning Adults Into Living Successfully (TRAILS)
TRAILS IS a unique innovative program designed to provide early and effective treatment to individuals between the ages of 16 to 25 who have recently experienced symptoms of psychosis. The program utilizes an evidence-based Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) approach. This model includes assertive outreach and engagement to identify youth in need of services. Find out more.
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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.

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Adults Have Tools to Identify Psychological Distress in Youth
Adults in Alexandria who work with middle or high school youth can now be trained in mental health ‘gatekeeper skills’ through online at-risk training simulations. This short interactive online training is designed for mentors, juvenile justice professionals, school staff, youth development staff, recreation professionals and human-service staff. The training is not recommended for licensed clinicians. Learn more and take the hour-long web-based training today!
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Safe Sleep for Your Baby

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.

 

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Workforce Development Center Offers Job Search Workshops
Workforce Development Center, 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 Workforce Development Center page.
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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.  

 

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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.

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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.

Department of Community & Human Services