Welcome to the Department of Community and Human Services
We envision a community in which residents enjoy a sense of well-being, safety and self-sufficiency. We strive to provide effective and essential safety net services that measurably improve or maintain the quality of life for Alexandrians. We are guided by the following values and principles: equal access for all people, dignity and respect, cultural competency, ethics and accountability, collaboration, competency, integrity and continuous improvement.
Join friends, family and travelers on the road to recovery at a community celebration in honor of National Addiction Recovery Month, Wednesday, September 17, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. Learn about drug and alcohol abuse prevention and recovery and how to support someone entering or continuing in recovery. The celebration will include the “Art Uniting People” exhibit, barbeque, popcorn, snow cones, music, moon bounce and door prizes. See the event flyer.
JobLink, Alexandria's One-Stop Career Center, is now offering a variety of workshops to assist persons in finding employment. The workshops are designed for job seekers at all levels of the career ladder and all occupations. Learn more about the offerings and check out the calendar on the JobLink
On average, 38 children die in hot cars nationwide each year. Temperatures in a car can reach 125 degrees within 10 minutes, even when the outside temperature is only 70 degrees. Young children are especially vulnerable to because their body temperatures rise three to five times faster than an adult’s, which can cause serious injury to the brain, liver and kidneys, and result in death. Many of these incidents occur as a result of parent/caregiver change in routine, fatigue, distraction or anxiety, bringing about a momentary lapse of memory. See the news release for important tips to prevent accidentally leaving a child in a car.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training continues for laypersons and paraprofessionals in Alexandria. MHFA is an 8-hour training on skills to help persons who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Registration is open until filled. Limit 20 participants per class. More information about the training is available here, or visit our online registration form for class dates and registration. All classes are held at 4480 King St., fifth floor, unless otherwise indicated. Attendees of the full 8-hour course will receive a three-year certification in MHFA. For more information about MHFA, visit mentalhealthfirstaid.org.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among Americans, claiming more than twice as many lives each year as homicides. Learn more about this serious public health problem and what we can do to help prevent suicide.
The Department of Community and Human Services welcomes you to the online mental health screening and the screening tool for substance use disorders. This free screening is made available to the general public and is taken anonymously. The screening is provided so that you may find out - in a few minutes - whether or not professional consultation would be helpful to you.
We are pleased to present the Department of Community and Human Services Strategic Plan for FY 2013 - FY 2015. The plan is a long-term blueprint aligned with the City of Alexandria Strategic Plan. The plans work to ensure we remain sound financial stewards of public resources by improving existing operations and responding to outside challenges while providing effective and efficient safety net services that measurably improve or maintain the quality of life for Alexandrians.
We welcome this opportunity to share our FY 2013 activities. The Department of Community and Human Services is organized into three direct care centers: the Center for Adult Services, the Center for Children and Families, and the Center for Economic Support, as well as two offices: the Office of Administrative Services and the Office of Strategic Initiatives and Communications. The pages of this annual report highlight our fiscal information along with the accomplishments of our centers, offices and those of the people we serve.