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.
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.
Prepare to be whisked away to palm trees and an early summer night’s breeze during the 2015 Fostering the Future Gala, Friday, June 5, from 7-10 p.m. at Hotel Monaco, 480 King St. An ‘Island Affair’ awaits guests with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, desserts, music and dancing courtesy of the Kate Moran Band. All proceeds benefit The Fund for Alexandria’s Child, which helps foster children enjoy experiences other kids take for granted. For more information, click here
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are taking on a challenge! Nearly one in five teens suffers from a mental disorder, such as depression or anxiety, and suicide remains the third leading cause of death in this age group. Our goal is to have 250 City of Alexandria mentors, juvenile justice professionals, school staff, youth development staff, recreation professionals, human service workers and other youth-serving professionals complete mental health 'gatekeeper skills' by June 30. These skills are for those working with middle and high school youth. Learn more
and take the hour-long web-based training today!
One in five people in the U.S. experiences a mental health disorder in their lifetime. It could be serious depression, anxiety, psychosis, an eating disorder, or any of a number of common conditions, all of which are treatable. Sadly, because of the stigma, people are often reluctant to seek help. Eliminating stigma requires a change in the way we talk and think about mental illness in our culture. Young people can be a very powerful, driving force behind this kind of positive culture change. This mini-grant program will fund youth-planned, youth-led projects to reduce stigma among their peers. Find out more!
The City of Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services has
updated the Directory of Resources for Older Adults and Persons with
Disabilities. The directory provides contact information for organizations and
City departments that offer services for older adults such as assisted living
facility placement, case management, in-home services and support for
caregivers. The guide also provides information on resources for persons with
disabilities. To download the Directory click here. To request a copy, call 703.746.5999, option 1.
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.
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
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.
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 2014 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.