Juvenile Detention Home Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program

Information about the Mental Health and Substance Dependency Program at the Juvenile Detention Home.

Page updated on Apr 21, 2016 at 8:44 AM

The Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Home (NVJDH) is a secure institution for adolescents who are being held by the juvenile courts of Northern Virginia (City of Alexandria, Arlington County and the City of Falls Church). The capacity of the NVJDH 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 an individual mental health and substance use screening.  Those  with mental health and substance dependency problems are referred to the Mental Health and Substance Dependency Program for further evaluation, referrals to services in the community and coordination of those services.

The Mental Health and Substance Dependency Program staff wish to speak with the parents/ guardians of every adolescent to help plan a successful release and follow-up behavioral healthcare.  Services provided by the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program include:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Psychiatric medication monitoring
  • Life skills training
  • Detention home staff training
  • Parent and community outreach

We will also coordinate services with any mental health provider or other care professionals who are already working with the child.

For more information, call 703.842.2293 or 703.751.3700 ext. 618.