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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The Alexandria Commission on Aging is seeking nominations for the Annual Excellence in Aging Awards. These awards honor individuals, regardless of age, who have provided service to older Alexandrians or demonstrated superior contributions in advancing issues and projects that favorably affect older Alexandrians. Award winners will be recognized at a reception Tuesday, May 8 at 6 p.m. in the Vola Lawson Lobby in City Hall. Nomination forms are available here. The deadline is April 2.
February 28, the City of Alexandria hosted “A Community Conversation: Heroin
and Other Opioids,” a town hall focusing on the local impact of the national
opioid crisis and how City programs and services are responding. Watch a video of the event and read more about the City's efforts.
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 $54,000 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 the flyer which has information in both English and Spanish.
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.
Learn about the Fund for Alexandria's Child (FFAC), why it's important to contribute, frequently funded items and where donations go in serving Alexandria children. Take a look at the FFAC Brochure to learn more.
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.
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).
DCHS offers free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training for laypersons. MHFA is an eight-hour training and certification on skills to help persons who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis. The training demonstrates the initial help given to a person showing signs of mental illness or a mental health crisis. More information about the course is available. Visit the online registration for class dates. Re-certification is available online, or by repeating the full course.
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!
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 screening tool for mental health and 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.
Do You Know Anyone Instrumental in Supporting Children, Youth and Families in the City of Alexandria? Nominate Them for a Champions for Children Award! Find out more about the Awards including eligibility and the nomination form.