Wellness and Prevention Services

​​​The Prevention unit focuses on ​providing services designed to enhance protective factors and reduce risk factors, enabling individuals, families, and communities to work together promoting their strengths and potentials. The unit also provides general information on substance abuse and has a variety of educational materials and videos available for the general public and staff to borrow. Prevention Educators are available to provide substanc​e abuse education to community groups, civic leagues, and private institutions.

 Programs & Services

​Community Prevention

Community Prevention is offered primarily in the summer, Prevention Specialists provide a wide array of educational sessions for citizens, children and adolescents. Relying on the prevention strategy of information dissemination, Preventionists provide active and entertaining sessions as summer camps, in the community and for faith based groups to teach about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. 

Contact:  Sabrina Pugh, (757) 385-0803, SPugh@vbgov.com​  ​

HIV Services

Education Services

Education services are designed to prevent and reduce the incidence of HIV infection among youth and adults in the City of Virginia Beach. Staff members are available to provide education for both the community and city employees.

FREE HIV Screening​

Know your status. Free HIV screenings are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Witchduck Annex, 2nd floor, 258 N. Witchduck Rd. Suite 2D. This serrvice is fast and private.  Both appointments and walk-ins are welcome.

Contact: Robert Hewitt, (757) 385-0811, RHewitt@vbgov.com

Substance Abuse Intervention Program (SAIP)

Substance Abuse Intervention Program is an alternative to expulsion for middle and high school students who are determined to be under the influence of or in possession of alcohol or other drugs, paraphernalia, or look-alikes.  SAIP is a ten-day, thirty-hour program with an emphasis on drug and alcohol education and problem solving skills. 

Contact: Patricia Crumrine, (757) 385-0815PBlacksh@vbgov.com​​​

 Daily Doses of Positivity

During the times of COVID-19, it can be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Taking it each day at a time can have a positive impact on one’s health. Please join us and celebrate Prevention’s Daily Dose of Positivity, where you are given the tools to make the best out of each day!

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