Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders
Virginia’s Children’s Services Act
Virginia’s Children’s Services Act provides for services to children and youth who are in foster care or require foster care preventive services, who require placement in private schools to receive special education, who have behavioral and mental health challenges, or who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Northern Virginia Mobile Crisis Unit for Youth
The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) sponsors CR2, Children’s Regional Crisis Response program, 24-hour rapid response to youth (17 and younger) who are facing a mental health and/or substance use crisis.
Counselors provide phone screening and face-to-face assessment, intervention, and support.
The free service is also available by calling 844-627-4747.
Mental Health Needs in Formed Families
Virginia families formed by foster care, adoption and kinship care are much more likely than other families to need mental health care and supports.
The children and youth we care for are 3 to 4 times more likely to have behavioral and emotional disorders than children raised by birth families.
Our fact sheet has more statistics around mental health needs in Formed Families.