Community & 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.

Page updated on Jan 10, 2017 at 4:46 PM

Welcome to the Department of Community
and Human Services


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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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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.


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The Alexandria Commission for Women is seeking nominations for the 37th Annual Salute to Women Awards. Each year, the Commission for Women celebrates outstanding women, men, and youth in Alexandria who have made a significant impact on women and girls. Nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 3 and can be submitted online. For questions about the awards program, contact: marilyn@joyousevents.com.


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Starting Jan. 1, lobby hours will change at 2525 Mount Vernon Ave, the location to access most human services. The lobby will maintain its current hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday but will now be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays. At this location, customers have access to a variety of services, including Benefits, Child Welfare and the Office of Community Services. 


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Take a look at original videos highlighting DCHS' unique community-focused programs and services.Videos feature stories on Adult Services, ID Residential Services and the Social Services Advisory Board of Alexandria.


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Chronic stress can have negative side effects on everyone. Psycho-social factors, specifically, pervasive exposure to racism and discrimination, creates an additional daily stressor for people of color. Research shows this to be particularly true for African-Americans (APA, 2016).  Read more


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For individuals in Alexandria looking to understand and assist those affected by mental illness, there are training options available. 


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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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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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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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