Office of Consumer and Family Affairs

The Office of Consumer and Family Affairs provides consultation, education classes, a support group, resource linkage and advocacy for individuals and families affected by mental illness, substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders. Staff also coordinates the Virginia Beach Community Trust for individuals with mental illness. For consultation, resource information, class registration, and Community Trust information, call (757) 385-0800. ​

Education classes offered through the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs:​

Friends and Family Education is a six-week class that provides education for friends and family members affected by another's addiction.  The class offers information about how to emotionally care for an individual with an addiction without being trapped in the addiction with them.  Registration required.  No fee, no residency requirement.

Help Me Understand is a series of 2-hour classes that address information related to serious behavioral health, one topic at a time: Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia & Schizoaffective, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Trauma, and Recovery. There is no fee and no residency requirment.
REVIVE! is a 1 1/2 hour education class to learn how to recognize opioid overdose, what to do when an overdose occurs, and how to administer naloxone, the medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdoes. There are two options for attending REVIVE!:
Community-at-large classes open to anyone in the community
Targeted classes are offered to specific groups/organizations upon request.
No fee, no residency requirement either option.

WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) classes are for people living with behavioral health, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. WRAP focuses on wellness and recovery. Writing a Crisis Plan is part of the curriculum.  WRAP is offered in specific program areas within the Behaviorall Health Substance Abuse Division.

The Virginia Beach Community Trust offers the opportunity for families to set up Special Needs Trusts for individuals with behavioral health needs. Trusts are managed by a five member Board of Trustees and coordinated by the supervisor of the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs. 
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