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 Nov 13, 2017 at 11:20 AM

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, developmental 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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Do you have health insurance? If not, you may qualify for more affordable health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law provides consumers with subsidies (“premium tax credits”) that lower costs for low-income households. Open Enrollment is currently underway for ACA until December 15. Find out if you qualify now.


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Through the Fund for Alexandria’s Child Holiday Sharing program, sponsors purchase gifts for eligible families and individuals, which are distributed by DCHS staff and volunteers. Gifts of household necessities, clothing, toys and gift cards help ensure that no Alexandrians are left without during the holidays. Find out how to help. 


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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. 


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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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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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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.


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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 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.


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