Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center Behavioral Health Services

Information about Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center Behavioral Health Services.

Page updated on Apr 25, 2017 at 12:59 PM

Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center Behavioral Health Services


The Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center (NVJDC) is a secure institution for adolescents who are being held by the juvenile courts of the City of Alexandria, Arlington County and the City of Falls Church. The capacity of the NVJDC is 60 beds for the Pre-Dispositional Program and 10 beds for the Post-Dispositional program.

Upon arrival at the detention home, every youth receives a mental health and substance use screening. Youth with identified mental health and substance abuse problems are referred to the Mental Health Therapist for further evaluation, referrals to services in the community and coordination of those services. In addition, the therapist reaches out to all youth to evaluate current functioning and mental health needs.

The Mental Health therapist speaks with the parents/ guardians of every adolescent receiving mental health or substance abuse services to help plan a successful release and follow-up care. Services include:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Short term supportive individual and group counseling
  • Detention home staff consultation and training
  • Case management
  • Parent and community outreach
  • Life skills training and problem solving skills
  • Referral and linkage to community mental health services

Coordination of services with mental health providers or other care professionals who are already working with the child is also offered.

For more information, call 703.842.2293.


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