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 Sep 25, 2020 at 4:06 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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Help support and bring holiday cheer to local low-income families, older adults and adults with disabilities, and children and youth in foster care. 


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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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Annual event provides opportunities for family caregivers, volunteers working with older adults, and professionals in aging and related services to learn new ways to engage with and provide care for individuals with dementia.


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


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DCHS received a $10,000 donation from an anonymous donor to help fight food insecurity during the pandemic.


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September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and DCHS encourages residents to educate themselves and others on ways to prevent suicide and strengthen mental health.


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


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Join us in raising awareness and understanding of addiction prevention and treatment. Find out how you can add your support on International Overdose Awareness Day and during National Recovery Month.


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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents.


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This summer, 201 Alexandria youth participated in a six-week virtual workforce experience during the Workforce Development Center’s Youth Employment Services (YES) 2020.



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On Friday, August 14, the City of Alexandria reported that it has responded to nine substance-related, nonfatal drug overdoses since July 24. Learn how to help someone overdosing on opioids and treatment options.


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Access more than 5,500 free online self-paced workplace, business, technical and IT courses through SkillUp, an local initiative to help workers recently laid-off as well as those who are looking to change careers.



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The September 29 online forum will focus on building individual and collective resilience and ways to talk about mental health with friends, families and neighbors. 


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Millions of Americans, many of them low income, may not know they are eligible or how to submit their information and receive their stimulus check. You can help.


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The annual event, which was hosted virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, helps raise funds to directly benefit children in foster care and children at risk for abuse and neglect.


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"Think you know about opioids? Think again" aims to raise awareness about opioid misuse, overdose risks, treatment and recovery. 


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The City of Alexandria Sexual Assault Center is hosting an eight week virtual support group for survivors of sexual assault beginning October 2. Register by September 15.


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Looking for child care options? Watch a video of the "Virtual Child Care Open House" on August 19, which showcased current child care programs available in Alexandria.


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The City invites Alexandria families to participate in an online survey to assess child care needs and preferences during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Submit a 30-second to 1-minute video about your career and education choices to help Alexandria youth learn about career and education opportunities.


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View a video of “Back to School Worries: How to Protect Your Kid’s Mental Health,” a virtual town hall for families that was held on August 13.


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New Workforce Development Center customer call center provides faster service, enhances customer experience and introduces dedicated lines for English, Spanish, Amharic and Dari language speakers.


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