Families & Children

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Child & Youth Behavioral Health Services
The Child and Youth Behavioral Health (CYBH) Division s​erves to enhance the lives of children, adolescents and their families.  CYBH offers an array of services designed to assist children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional difficulties, behavior problems and/or substance abuse.  The goal of most treatment plans is to help the child succeed while remaining in the family and in school.  

Child and Youth Behavioral Services is located at 297 Independence Blvd, Pembroke 6 Building, Suite 300, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 ​and can be reached by phone at (757) 385-0850. ​

After-school Therapeutic Day Treatment (ASTDT): 

The goal of this after school program is to increase the social, educational and psychological development of children in elementary school​​, grades K-5 that have a mental health diagnosis. This model of service focuses on clinical intervention and support of the child in the community focusing on skill building. The After School Therapeutic Day Treatment classroom provides consistent structure and staff response to maximize behavioral and therapeutic potential for the child.​

Case Management: 

Child and Youth Behavioral case management services assists individuals ages 5 – 21, whom are still enrolled in a primary or secondary educational setting, in gaining access to needed medical, social, educational and other services. Services include assessing for individual and family needs, planning services, and linking individual to community supports in an effort to promote goals as developed with the child and family.  Case Management assists the individual and family to locate, develop or obtain services, resources and public benefits. The case manager assures the coordination of services and service planning with other providers and human service agencies and systems, such as the public school system, local health and human services departments.

Youth Mobile Crisis Intervention: 

The Youth Mobile Crisis Intervention Services Program provides access to immediate behavioral health care delivered in a person centered manner. Crisis services are available to individuals experiencing acute behavioral health dysfunction requiring immediate clinical attention.  The objectives are to prevent the exacerbation of a behavioral/mental health/substance abuse condition; to prevent injury to the person or others; and to provide treatment in the least restrictive setting.  The crisis intervention clinicians make every attempt to offer a crisis assessment within one business day of receiving a referral to the program.  Short term crisis counseling is provided in the office and community to include the person's home, school and/or other settings that are appropriate to meeting the needs of the client.  All activities are geared toward returning the client/family to pre-crisis level of functioning and to prevent the need for psychiatric hospitalization.​

Intensive Care Coordination: 

Intensive Care Coordination (ICC) provides the coordination of comprehensive community resources and services to children and adolescents who are at risk of entering or who are currently placed in a residential facility.  ICC services are short-term services provided to those children and adolescents who would benefit from a higher level of intensity than can be provided by typical case management services.  Services and resources may be formal or informal, and can include educational, financial, legal, vocational, medical, psychiatric, psychological, and social support opportunities. The goal of the ICC service is to maintain the youth in, or transfer the youth to a family based or community based setting. For youth in a residential setting the goal of ICC is to shorten the time needed at residential placement and decrease the need to re-enter a residential placement after returning to the community.​

Intensive Substance Abuse Group (ISAG): 

This program serves adolescents with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse problems. This intensive treatment program meets three hours per week over a minimum of 20 weeks. Parents and guardians attend a weekly family group. The program uses an evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach.​

Outpatient Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment Program: 

This program offers a comprehensive sexual offender assessment and treatment recommendations. For those who are deemed appropriate for treatment in the community, the program offers an intensive program that includes weekly group therapy, weekly individual therapy and family therapy. Quarterly reviews and semi-annual assessments are completed to ensure that youth are making progress. The program works closely with the Court Services Unit as well as Juvenile & Domestic Relations court and the Department of Social Services.​

Outpatient Psychiatry and Therapy Services: 

Provides licensed therapists and board certified psychiatrists to assist with mental health and substance abuse problems needs for children, adolescents and their families. Each client is assessed at intake and an individualized treatment plan is created with the client and parent(s) or guardian(s).   Outpatient treatment may include individual, family or group therapy; multi-family therapy (several families attend together); individualized substance abuse services; and/or psychiatric evaluation and medication management. Therapists may also make referrals to programs both in the agency as well as within the community.  We utilize a multi-disciplinary team approach including weeky treatment team meetings and clinical supervision on as an needed basis.  The outpatient professionals have extensive training in the field of trauma focused care and utilize progressive treatment modalities.


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 1 ½ hour classes that address information related to serious mental illnesses, one topic at a time: Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia & Schizoaffective, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Trauma, and Recovery. 

NAMI Basics is a six-week class for the parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. Topics include the biology of mental illness, trauma, research, treatment options, the impact of a child's mental illness on the family and an overview of systems involved with caring for children and adolescents with mental illness. Registration required.  No fee, no residency requirement.

Basics of Caring Support Group meets monthly during the school year and is for parents and caregivers who have completed the NAMI Basics education class.  No fee, no residency requirement.

WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) classes are for people living with mental illness, 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 Mental Health Substance Abuse Division.

The Virginia Beach Community Trust offers the opportunity for families to set up Special Needs Trusts for individuals with mental illness. 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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