Wellness and Prevention Services

Behavioral Health Wellness & Prevention Services strives to empower individuals and families towards healthy lifestyles through education and community resources focused on addressing known risk factors.  Our focus includes community awareness and readiness to implement proven and established substance abuse prevention strategies throughout the community. 

 Community Engagement

​Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a fifteen-hour, evidenced-based training designed to help participants recognize and review risks of suicide and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.  Graduated skill development is achieved through mini-lectures, facilitated discussions, group simulation and role play. 

Community - Based Trainings

Prevention Educators 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 at summer camps, in the community and for faith-based groups to educate others about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. 

Community Health/Resource Fairs & Events

Community health fairs provide a unique opportunity to partner with local organizations and businesses to expose individuals to resources that can compound the benefits of wellness, health and exercise.  Health fairs offer educational and interactive events designed for outreach on topics such as, but not limited to, tobacco, cholesterol checks, blood pressure checks, mammograms, grief and loss, alcohol, heroin, marijuana, proper disposal of medications, mental health, suicide, and more.

Lock & Talk

Lock and Talk Virginia is a project to prevent suicides by restricting access to firearms and poisons during a mental health crisis by educating members of the public how to recognize and respond to the warning signs of suicide.  The program promotes safe and responsible care of guns, medications and other means of harm.  Promoting safe and responsible care of guns, medications and other means of harm by providing trigger locks, support material for gun retailers and ranges, and educational brochures and posters. 

Mental Health First Aid/Youth Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8 - hour public education program designed to give people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to recognize & respond to the warning signs of specific illness.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.  Mental Health First Aid uses role playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social and self-help care. 

safeTalk

safeTALK is a three-to four-hour training that prepares participants to recognize invitations and connect a person with thoughts of suicide to intervention resources.  

Substance Abuse Intervention Program (SAIP)

Substance Abuse Intervention Program is an alternative to expulsion for middle and high school students who are found 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) 385-0815, PCrumrine@vbgov.com

Tobacco Retailer (Merchant Education)

The Synar Amendment is a federal mandate requiring all states and territories to enact and enforce a law prohibiting the sale of tobacco to minors and supports retail compliance with Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) guidelines via merchant education.

 Virtual Trainings

Registration Information

Training classes are offered throughout the month on the topics listed below. Most classes are one hour long, unless otherwise noted, and there is no cost to attend. Registration is required for all online events. For a list of upcoming events and to register, please visit our EventBrite page. If you have questions about our trainings, or to request a training for your youth serving organization, please call (757) 385-0803.  

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

The ACE Study confirms, with scientific evidence, that adversity during development increases the risk of physical, mental and behavioral problems later in life. The ACE Study, and other research using the study’s framework, have taught us that ACEs are the leading cause of health and social problems in our nation and the most powerful determinant of the public’s health. With this training, we hope to increase awareness on ACEs, discuss what ACEs is and is not, and how to apply your knowledge of ACEs to your field of work. 

HIV Education and Screening Services

HIV 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 members of our community and City employees.
Free HIV screenings are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Witchduck Annex, 2nd floor, 258 N. Witchduck Rd., Suite 2D. This service is fast and private. Due to COVID-19, testing is offered by appointment only.  Contact: Robert Hewitt, (757) 385-0811, RHewitt@vbgov.com

Medication Safety & Disposal

This course describes how abuse and misuse can lead to addiction. Attendees will learn more about how to safeguard your home and three options for disposal of unused medicines.

REVIVE!

REVIVE! is Virginia’s Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education (ONE) program, helping individuals 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. 

Vaping: Tobacco, Alcohol & Marijuana

Participants will learn about the dangers associated with e-cigarettes and why teens are attracted to them.  State data on the use of e-cigarettes and vaping, and the health risks associated with vaping any substance will be discussed.

Coming Soon

  • Question, Persuade, Refer (Suicide Prevention)
  • General Substance Use Education 
  • Underage Alcohol Use

 Resources

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

National Institute on Drug Abuse

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Talk Saves Lives

Quit Now Virginia

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Underage Drinking Resources for Parents:  Talk they Hear You 

 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!

 About Us

​Behavioral Health Wellness & Prevention Services concentrates efforts on the reduction of risk factors related to adolescent use of alcohol tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) by increasing the protective factors associated with healthy family, school and peer relationships.  Our goal is to encourage a safe, healthy Virginia Beach through the reduction of substance abuse. 

Prevention Staff

Supervisor

Ava Lawrence | (757) 385-0816 | ALawrenc@vbgov.com

Educators

Dennis Southers | (757) 385-0819 | DSouther@vbgov.com
Patricia Crumrine | (757) 385-0815 | PCrumrine@vbgov.com
Robert Hewitt Jr. | (757) 385-0811 | RHewitt@vbgov.com
Sabrina Pugh | (757) 385-0827 | SPugh@vbgov.com

Office Assistant

Kathleen Parks | (757) 385-0803 | KParks@vbgov.com

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 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​​​

Contact Information