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 Feb 17, 2017 at 10:41 AM
Welcome to the Department of Community and Human Services
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.
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.
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).
The Department of Community and Human Services offers free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training for laypersons and paraprofessionals. MHFA is an eight-hour training and certification on skills to help persons who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health 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. Open until filled. Limit 20 participants per class. Re-certification is available online, or by taking the full course again.
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
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.