DCHS Connect

Connect is a news publication from the Department of Community and Human Services. It includes information and highlights about programs and services within the Department.

Page updated on Nov 18, 2019 at 10:42 AM

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Amid growing concern over dangers associated with e-cigarettes, use of these products among high school and middle school students is increasing—a concern SAPCA and other regional advocates discussed during a roundtable hosted by Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. 


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Alexandria Police Department Lieutenant Mike Kochis saves the life of a man who overdosed on opioids. Read his story—and learn how you too can save a life.



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When Alexandria resident Henry Johnson went to the ER with a serious eye infection, he admits he was scared, but one thing was a huge relief: For the first time in his adult life, he didn’t have to weigh his health against a huge medical bill he couldn’t afford.


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An Alexandria Fire Department medic uses mindfulness to help an Alexandria resident through a panic attack.



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Alexandria organizations and programs are coming together across disciplines and collaborating to form the City's first trauma informed care network.



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DCHS now offers two locations where Alexandria residents and employees can obtain free locking medication boxes and firearm trigger or cable locks as part of Lock and Talk Northern Virginia. 


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DCHS Director Kate Garvey was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work.


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In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Domestic Violence Intervention Project, community stakeholders and survivors came together to honor the Alexandrians who lost their lives due to domestic violence.


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Support families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault during the upcoming holidays by donating gift cards or unwrapped new toys. 


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During National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), the City of Alexandria Workforce Development Center urges residents and employers to celebrate the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.


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Launched earlier this year to link people to treatment following an opioid overdose, the effort has distributed nearly 40 bags to date and engaged 30 percent of the bag recipients in treatment.


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