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 May 12, 2021 at 9:09 AM

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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.


Latest Features

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Learn about programs to strengthen and support families and how you can enhance the lives of families and children 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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Each month, the Department of Community and Human Services is highlighting new and existing resources for immigrants and refugees.


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Prevention campaign features a series of short videos created by T.C. Williams High School students that encourage youth to be alcohol free 


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The Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission has released the Children and Youth Master Plan 2025, an updated roadmap for how the Alexandria community will work together to create conditions for all young people to thrive


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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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In conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month in May, we are highlighting mental health activities and resources for individuals of all ages, ranging from awareness events like Resilience Week Virginia 2021 to resources for confronting and dealing with racial trauma.


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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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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Learn about responding to and helping children and families at risk of abuse and neglect.


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A regular update on new and existing services for immigrants and refugees in Alexandria.


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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 you can safely dispose of unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medications at special collection sites, permanent medication drop-off locations, a new permanent needle disposal box or using safe methods at home.


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Every Friday this month, Adult Day Services Center staff and participants are sharing their appreciation for the City’s first responders by giving out free cups of coffee, artwork and thank you cards


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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 City’s Sexual Assault Center is sponsoring displays, exhibits, workshops and events to raise awareness of sexual assault and support survivors around this year’s theme, “Together We Can Build Safe Communities.” 


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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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This week, DCHS released its 2020 Community Impact Report which shares key accomplishments, important data and stories of people’s lives that were changed as a result of that collaboration. 


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Latest News & Highlights

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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


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DCHS congratulates this year’s recipients of the Chamber ALX 40 Under 40 Honorees for their impact on the City of Alexandria 


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Special collections took place at four locations in Alexandria during the event, which provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription and over-the-counter medication. 


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Residents and professionals who work with youth are invited to register for the two-day Intentional Relationships Virtual Workshop, a training provided by the Search Institute. 


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The Alexandria Community Services Board is holding a public hearing on May 13 to receive input from the community on the needs of Alexandrians with mental illness, developmental disabilities or a substance use dependency.


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Residents and community members are invited to help provide a bed and bedding for some of Alexandria’s most vulnerable children by donating to the Fund for Alexandria’s Child Emergency Bed Fund through the Spring2Action campaign.


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Registration is open until May 14 for the virtual community-wide event that features workshops and presentations on race and social justice, navigating environments and wellness.


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Alexandria youth ages 14-21 are invited to apply for the six-week paid summer youth developmental work experience that runs from July 12 to August 20.


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Friends of the Alexandria Mental Health Center is accepting applications for board members.


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Latest episode features an update on the City’s efforts--including what residents can expect when visiting a vaccination site and vaccination supplies--and explains the range of temporary jobs available at a vaccination site.


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The City's Sexual Assault Center and the Domestic Violence Program are seeking volunteers to help support survivors of sexual and domestic violence.


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Residents are invited to provide input, in English or Spanish, about a strategic update to the 2008 chapters of the Transportation Master Plan.


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The service is available to qualifying residents by appointment only on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.



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Registration is open for RPCA summer classes and activities, and financial assistance is available to community members and residents who need help covering fees.


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The resource lists over 50 community services and resources in an easy-to-print flyer size. 



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Receiving Medicaid, SNAP, or federally-subsidized housing no longer impacts applications for lawful permanent resident (green card) status. 


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Registration is open for RPCA spring classes and activities, and financial assistance is available to community members and residents who need help covering fees.


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The City of Alexandria invites Alexandria high schoolers to apply for Keep It 360 Peer Advocates positions, which support prevention and outreach efforts.


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The workshops provide information on how Medicare works, the different parts of the health insurance program and how to get the most out of Medicare coverage. 


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To kick-off the new year, SAPCA encourages residents to clean out home medicine cabinets and safely dispose of medications this week. 


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The City is offering free tax preparation services by appointment only to qualifying residents. Taxpayers are eligible if their income is below $55,000 for individuals and families. 


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Jaqueline Tucker is one of three panelists during Agenda Alexandria’s “Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Alexandria,” an online conversation with local and national leaders. 


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NAMI Ending the Silence is a free virtual educational event focusing on the warning signs of mental health conditions in youth and what steps parents and caregivers can take to help children get support.


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The campaign videos were created by T.C. Williams High School students and feature Alexandria youth sharing the reasons why they do not vape. 


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SPAN encourages residents to educate themselves and others on ways to prevent suicide and strengthen mental health by accessing and promoting resources on a newly redesigned website.


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