Department of Community & Human Services (DCHS)
Welcome. DCHS envisions a community in which residents enjoy a sense of well-being, safety and self-sufficiency. DCHS provides effective and essential safety net services that measurably improve or maintain the quality of life for Alexandrians.
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We Are Moving!
Nearly all DCHS programs and services will move to a new location in the West End of the city at 4850 Mark Center Drive.
New DCHS Location
Mental Health Screening
Get a free, confidential mental health screening online in a few minutes
Screening for Mental Health
Gun Lock and Medication Lock Box Distribution
Free gun locks and medication locking devices are available through two new distribution methods in a state-wide suicide prevention campaign
Resources for suicide risks and prevention across the lifespan, information about Lock & Talk, free medication lock boxes and gun locks.
Community Health Improvement Plan 2025 | Spring 2023 Progress Report
AHD & the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria released the Community Health Improvement Plan 2025, Spring 2023 Progress Report. The CHIP is a comprehensive plan that includes 80 tactics designed to address policy and programmatic needs in Alexandria.
Most Recent Report Card
The latest report card is out showing the Children and Youth Community Plan’s progress on ensuring that all youth are mentally healthy. This month looks at the work happening to prevent depression and suicide among youth and promote their mental health.
Programs and Services
Events, Training, News & Opportunities
Learn about upcoming events, see the latest DCHS news publication Connect, discover ways to get involved, check out volunteer opportunities, apply for externships and more.