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 Oct 14, 2021 at 12:34 PM

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DCHS is working with the City and its partners to provide information and resources that may offer some level of support, security and stability for families in need due to the impacts of the coronavirus response. Visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs for Those Impacted by the Coronavirus COVID-19 Response or call the DCHS Customer Relations Team at 703.746.5700 for assistance. For the latest information about COVID-19, visit alexandriava.gov/Coronoavirus.


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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.


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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.


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Throughout September, access resources and join DCHS in raising awareness during National Recovery Month and National Suicide Prevention Month.


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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.


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Learn how the City is supporting arriving Afghan refugees and how residents can help.


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Events recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day include distributing free Narcan, fentanyl test strips and medication lockboxes at Market Square. 


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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.


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The Reentry Bag Program distributes substance use treatment and peer support information along with Narcan and fentanyl test strips to individuals who were formerly incarcerated and are reentering the community.


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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.


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Statistics link gun violence and domestic and sexual violence;  education can play a significant role in preventing violence including violence related to families, particularly if it starts at an early age.


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The City of Alexandria urges renters and landlords to act now to prevent evictions by accessing rent relief assistance, affordable housing options, and resources to help meet basic needs.


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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.



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The guaranteed income pilot program will provide direct, recurring cash payments of $500 a month, with no restrictions on use, to 150 Alexandria households for two years.  


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Alexandria resident Michael Johnson urged City Council to allocate American Rescue Plan funding to programs helping Alexandrians thrive and recover from the pandemic.


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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks


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Bellefonte Apartment Community residents celebrate the newly renovated units and buildings, which provide affordable and safe housing for adult community members with developmental disabilities. 


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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.


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DCHS joins with other key organizations to align the development and implementation of strategic plans focused on improving the lives of Alexandria’s children and families. 



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The Alexandria Sexual Assault Center is bringing back Resiliency Yoga, a series of gentle and mindful yoga classes offered to survivors and co-survivors of sexual assault.


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The City of Alexandria encourages youth to apply to Project Discovery, a college and career readiness program that helps low income and first-generation college students to access opportunities in higher education.


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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The City of Alexandria Domestic Violence Program (DVP) is reminding the community about how to recognize it and how to access help.


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Alexandria was the first locality in Virginia to extend protections to gays and lesbians through its human rights ordinance. In recognition of October as LGBTQ+ History Month, DCHS is sharing information and stories about queer history in the city.


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Residents have several options to safely dispose of unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medications, including those prescribed by veterinarians, during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 23 and year-round.


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The program pairs a specially trained law enforcement officer and a licensed, behavioral health clinician to respond in tandem to calls for persons experiencing a behavioral health crisis.


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The decision funds $407,000 to assist people at risk for eviction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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DCHS and SPAN encourage residents to educate themselves and others on ways to prevent suicide and strengthen mental health.


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The increase comes as pandemic relief funds, which temporarily expanded SNAP’s maximum benefits by 15%, are set to expire on September 30.


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Participants wanting to obtain their records should call the Health Information Unit at 703.746.3555 or email MHMedicalRecords@alexandriava.gov before October 11.


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With the uncertainty around frequently changing eviction moratoriums and protections, the City urges landlords and renters to act now to prevent evictions by accessing rent relief assistance.


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The eight-week evening virtual support group, open to all genders 18 and up, aims at walking with survivors in their recovery journey.


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Residents and community members are invited to attend a community-wide virtual event to celebrate the second birthday of Alexandria’s trauma-informed community network on August 26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.


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On August 10-12, 52 youth attended the free event that empowers emerging young leaders by providing training opportunities and connecting them to resources in the Alexandria community.


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The Workforce Development Center is increasing access to the general public through two-hour appointments to conduct self-directed education and job search activities.


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The course teaches risk factors, warning signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use disorders, the effects of the illnesses, an overview of treatments and a five-step action plan for helping someone with symptoms.


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DCHS programs and staff are supporting a wide range of ARP funded projects and programs.


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The free event is for rising 9th-12th graders and features sessions focused on mental health, self-care, mindfulness, youth advocacy, media literacy, social media, social change and professionalism and networking.


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The City and the Successful Aging Committee invite nominations to recognize the experiences and achievements of Alexandrians who have lived a century or longer.


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The Fund for Alexandria’s Child is hosting the “Families Helping Families: From Our Home to Yours Virtual Gala” on August 12 to help enrich the lives of children in foster care during this critical time in their development.


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DCHS is hosting free sessions with Community Tax Aid, Inc. on June 26 and July 10 to help families access the credit through filing a tax return or signing up without submitting a return.


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The City of Alexandria is inviting community feedback on the Arlandria-Chirilagua Plan, which includes recommendations related to housing, land use, open space, transportation and more. 


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Learn more about the history of the holiday, celebrate through virtual events, and participate in racial equity conversations.


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The annual awareness month celebrates fathers and the crucial role they and other paternal family members play in children’s growth, development and well-being.


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Let’s Talk Tuesday, open to all genders 18 and up, is a series of six virtual support group meetings aimed at walking with survivors in their recovery journey.


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Watch a session featuring information and strategies that can help professionals and parents caring for young children.



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The City offers several locations as options for residents who may not have cooling in their homes and assistance for adults 60 years old and older.


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Residents are invited to community engagement sessions to learn more about the Alexandria Fire Department restructuring.


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Alexandrians are among those who reflect on the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on mental health in a special edition of the Voice of America (VOA) Connect. 


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Discussion points include how the vaccine was developed, the vaccine’s effectiveness, common side effects and the stand of religious institutions regarding the vaccine. 


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The Alexandria LGBTQ Task Force and Alexandria Library are hosting free, online Celebrate Alexandria Pride Workshops from June 3-5.


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The Opioid Work Group announces the launch of an Opioid Overdose Recovery Bag Program in partnership with paramedics in the Alexandria Fire Department


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.



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