The Prevention unit focuses on ​providing services designed for the enhancement of protective factors and the reduction of risk factors, enabling individuals, families, and communities to work together promoting their strengths and potentials. The unit also provides general information on drugs of abuse and has a variety of educational materials and videos available for the general public and for staff to borrow. ​​

Prevention Educators are available to provide substanc​e abuse education to community groups, civic leagues, and private institutions.

Behavioral Health and Prevention Services are physically located at 256/258 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 and can be reached by phone at (757) 385-0803.​​​​​

Specific Programs

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,​  ​

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 walkin-ins are welcome.

Contact: Robert Hewitt, (757) 385-0811,

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) 385-0815,​​​
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