DCHS Connect News & Highlights

Page updated on Jan 15, 2021 at 3:34 PM

DCHS Connect News and Highlights

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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. 

1/15/2021 3:07:10 PM

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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.

1/15/2021 3:34:00 PM

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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.

12/18/2020 1:39:52 PM

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DCHS launches a text line to increase access to programs and services and expand “Assistance from a Distance” options. 

12/18/2020 4:20:33 PM

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Attend a community event on December 16, 6-7 p.m., featuring resources and tools for coping with stress and change during the COVID-19 pandemic.

12/10/2020 12:20:40 PM

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The regional program provides services like free job training, paid work experiences, career coaching, resume writing assistance, job readiness workshops, online job fairs, virtual training and financial coaching. 


12/4/2020 2:35:14 PM

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Friends of the Alexandria Mental Health Center offers a safety net for low-income Alexandrians receiving mental health or developmental disability services. 

11/20/2020 1:05:21 PM

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A shelter at Lee Center (1108 Jefferson) is serving single adults and another at Carpenter's Shelter (5701 Duke St., Suite D) is serving families.

11/9/2020 1:46:17 PM

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The award recognizes collaborative program providing highly intensive literacy and work readiness English classes for refugees.

10/30/2020 11:32:16 AM

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

10/30/2020 11:11:17 AM

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The online event will also feature a proclamation by Mayor Justin Wilson. 

10/22/2020 1:29:47 PM

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The Commission for Women and the  Friends of the Commission for Women are lighting City Hall purple this week in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Day (Wear Purple Day) on October 22. 

10/22/2020 1:40:40 PM

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The ALX Cares Grocery Gift Card Program provides eligible Alexandria residents with pre-paid grocery cards in denominations of $100, $200 and $400 through December, or for as long as funding is available. 

10/9/2020 3:27:25 PM

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The free event will give Northern Virginia job seekers and employers the opportunity to meet via chat and video.

10/2/2020 3:50:15 PM

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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.


9/25/2020 11:46:05 AM

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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.

9/18/2020 10:44:53 AM

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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.

9/10/2020 12:54:27 PM

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

9/3/2020 2:21:03 PM

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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.

9/1/2020 12:08:52 PM

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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. 

8/28/2020 7:58:09 AM

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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.

8/21/2020 1:13:58 PM

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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.

8/21/2020 1:16:40 PM

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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.


8/21/2020 8:48:12 AM

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The Alexandria Emergency Child Care Collaborative and Smart Beginnings Alexandria will host the online open house on August 19, from 7-8:30 p.m.

8/14/2020 1:31:26 PM

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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.

8/17/2020 8:14:23 AM

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Learn more about “Back to School Worries: How to Protect Your Kid’s Mental Health,” a virtual town hall for families on August 13, 7:30-8:45 p.m.

8/7/2020 12:50:18 PM

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Learn more about these life-saving devices and how you can get one!

8/7/2020 12:45:54 PM

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Attend for free the Fund for Alexandria’s Child “Stay at Home Gala” on August 14 at 8 p.m.  

7/30/2020 1:50:00 PM

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On July 23, Resilience Alexandria: Inform Support Elevate (RAISE) celebrated its first birthday.

8/7/2020 9:24:46 AM

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Watch a video and view slides from the second in a series of town hall discussions to promote sharing and understanding about how systemic racism impacts Alexandria 

7/28/2020 3:12:25 PM

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Alexandria youth can register through August 7 for the seventh annual Alexandria Youth Leadership Conference, which will be held virtually August 11-13.

7/16/2020 12:31:05 PM

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The KeepIt360 Club was awarded a mini-grant by the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia (SPAN) for activities that focus on helping students learn about mental health and self-care.

7/1/2020 3:19:25 PM

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On June 9, Project Discovery hosted a Virtual Student Recognition and Year End Celebration for graduating seniors and awarded scholarships. 

7/1/2020 9:10:02 AM

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Narcan can save the life of someone who is overdosing from opioids, if given in time. Find out how to make an appointment to pick up the life-saving drug at no cost from the Health Department.

6/18/2020 3:50:15 PM

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Access messages from City leaders and watch a video of the June 2 town hall regarding the killing of George Floyd on May 25.

6/4/2020 12:07:30 PM

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 Alexandria youth are invited to submit 30-60 second videos explaining why they don’t vape and what they do to stay healthy. Submissions are due June 18.

6/4/2020 2:17:10 PM

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Take steps to better understand mental illness and what can be done to help those that may be experiencing a mental health condition.

5/28/2020 11:09:33 AM

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Food will be distributed at two locations on Thursday, May 28, and two locations on Saturday, May 30. 

5/27/2020 3:32:34 PM

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The City of Alexandria formed the COVID-19 Community Response Advisory Committee to ensure that all Alexandrians have access to information about the pandemic. 

5/21/2020 8:58:38 AM

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The Alexandria LGBTQ Task Force and Alexandria Library invite residents to register for Celebrate Alexandria Pride Workshops being offered online June 4-6.

5/19/2020 1:21:11 PM

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Get involved in the week-long event by sharing on social media how prevention is happening in your household or neighborhood. Learn more.

5/12/2020 10:18:13 AM

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Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy encourages families to take advantage of digital resources designed to help them engage in open and honest conversations about sex.

5/11/2020 4:39:59 PM

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“Embrace Your Voice” featured a playlist of volunteers reading original poetry written by survivors, which is now available online.

5/4/2020 3:42:23 PM

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The new facility will include an office environment with meeting rooms, a storefront and employment and training components to support people with developmental disabilities in learning job skills. 

4/19/2020 1:32:10 PM

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On March 30, DCHS received a donation of 400 masks for staff from the Coordination Council of Chinese American Associations.

4/15/2020 4:04:00 PM

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The Department of Community and Human Services encourages residents to read and share these resources, especially in communities where languages other than English are primarily spoken, and with vulnerable residents, including those who may not have access to traditional media.

3/9/2020 8:21:24 AM

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The City’s long-time partnership with Sheltered Homes of Alexandria is giving individuals with developmental disabilities more access to affordable housing programs.

3/6/2020 3:27:51 PM

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The City of Alexandria finalized a three year strategic plan to eliminate opioid misuse and its harmful effects throughout the city.

2/4/2020 12:38:34 PM

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On the January 25, the City collected 240 pounds of unused and expired medications and held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the City's third permanent drop box.

2/4/2020 12:23:17 PM

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Read the latest update on the rule used by immigration officials to help determine whether a person can enter the United States or receive a green card.

2/4/2020 12:07:39 PM

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The last day to register to vote in Virginia’s March 3 Democratic Party Presidential Primary Election is February 10. Submit or update your registration online or register in person at these DCHS sites and other City locations.

2/4/2020 12:01:05 PM

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April 1, 2020 is Census Day. Every 10 years, the US Census counts every resident in the United States. Participating in the Census brings resources into your community and guarantees you and your household will have fair representation in government.

1/9/2020 6:21:04 PM

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The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) offers Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training for laypersons and paraprofessionals. MHFA is an eight-hour training and certification course on skills to help persons who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

1/8/2020 3:38:43 PM

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The City of Alexandria is offering free 2019 tax return preparation to eligible residents every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon from Feb 1 through April 11.

1/8/2020 4:10:31 PM

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On November 23 at the Alexandria Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, DCHS recognized the adoptions of 21 unique children by 14 families who opened their hearts to raise, love and provide a safe home for the children to thrive and grow.

12/13/2019 4:14:31 PM

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The Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission hosted a reception on December 11 to release the “Children and Youth Master Plan (CYMP) Five Year Report” and launch the CYMP 2025.

12/13/2019 4:14:08 PM

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The City is accepting public feedback through December 7 on the Opioid Work Group’s three year strategic plan to address the local effects of the national opioid crisis. 

11/22/2019 12:03:32 PM

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On October 11, 2019, three federal courts issued preliminary injunctions blocking the final Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule, commonly known as the new “public charge rule,” from taking effect on October 15.  

12/10/2019 1:35:20 PM

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DCHS now offers two locations where Alexandria residents and employees can obtain free locking medication boxes and firearm trigger or cable locks as part of Lock and Talk Northern Virginia. 

1/6/2020 2:16:02 PM

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DCHS Director Kate Garvey was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work.

11/25/2019 8:56:02 AM

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In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Domestic Violence Intervention Project, community stakeholders and survivors came together to honor the Alexandrians who lost their lives due to domestic violence.

10/28/2019 12:56:29 PM

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Support families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault during the upcoming holidays by donating gift cards or unwrapped new toys. 

11/17/2019 2:53:46 PM

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During National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), the City of Alexandria Workforce Development Center urges residents and employers to celebrate the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

10/10/2019 1:56:07 PM

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More than 30 organizations participated to showcase inclusive and affirming services across the lifespan in Alexandria. 


10/4/2019 9:25:17 AM

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Teen pregnancy in Alexandria is at an all-time low, reflecting in part ACAP’s unwavering dedication to reduce teen pregnancy and strong alliances between City agencies and community partners.

10/4/2019 9:24:24 AM

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Alexandria youth attend conference to develop leadership skills through workshops focusing on goal setting, overcoming adversity and developing a plan of action. 


10/4/2019 9:24:57 AM

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Launched earlier this year to link people to treatment following an opioid overdose, the effort has distributed nearly 40 bags to date and engaged 30 percent of the bag recipients in treatment.

10/4/2019 9:24:09 AM

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