Human Services has immediate openings in several positions throughout our agency, including nurses, clinicians, and support staff. Select positions are eligible for a hiring bonus. Please visit the DHS Careers Page for more information and how to apply.

 Opioid Prevention, Treatment & Recovery Program

​Virginia Beach can now do more to help people overcome opioid addiction thanks to a federal grant of nearly a million dollars. 

The funds will be used to address the opioid epidemic that is claiming lives across the country and, sadly, right here in our city.   According to the Virginia Beach Police Department, from 2015 to 2016, opioid overdoses increased by more than 150 percent and the number of deaths nearly doubled. 

The grant is funding a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program designed to assist Virginia Beach citizens trying to conquer an opiate addiction. The funds will help break down barriers to successful treatment by aiding participants with household expenses and childcare. The program will also provide increased treatment support, such as residential or outpatient services.  ​


Virginia Beach citizens are eligible for the program based on the following criteria:  ​

    • ​Virginia Beach residency
    • Diagnosed opioid use disorder
    • Does not have insurance to cover MAT 
    • Not currently enrolled in a MAT program with other funding
    • May have health, housing, childcare or other needs                                                                                                                                                                               

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to heroin, fentanyl, hydrocodone, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, or other opioid drugs, contact the Virginia Department of Human Services, at: 

Individuals accepted into the program will need to sign a Release of Information (ROI) form for the Opioid Prevention Treatment (OPT) clinic of choice.  They will also need to sign ROIs for any child care service, hotel, residential service, etc. that will utilize payments through this program. 

Signs of Opioid Abuse:

  • Physical signs that someone may be abusing an opiate:
    • Noticeable elation/euphoria
    • Marked sedation/drowsiness
    • Confusion
    • Constricted pupils
    • Slowed breathing
    • Intermittent nodding off, or loss of consciousness
    • Constipation.
  • Behavioral signs that someone may be abusing an opiate:
    • Doctor shopping (getting multiple prescriptions from different doctors)
    • Mood swings
    • Extra pill bottles turning up in the trash
    • Social withdrawal/isolation
    • Sudden financial difficulties
  • Opiate withdrawal symptoms (can mimic flu symptoms):​
    • Headache
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Sweatin.
    • Fatigue
    • Anxiety
    • Inability to sleep

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Contact Information

REVIVE! is Virginia's Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education (One) program, helping people learn how to recognize and respond to opioid overdose emergencies by administering naloxone, a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.  Medical experience is helpful but not necessary. 

All trainings are free of charge, include a free kit with needed supplies, and is open to the public.  All trainings will take place at EMS Training Center 4160 Virginia Beach Boulevard from 5:30pm - 7:00 pm. Seating is limited and registration is required

For more information or to register, please call (757) 385-0800

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