Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders

Virginia Community Services Boards

Community Services Boards (CSBs) throughout Virginia offer a range of services for adults and youth with mental health challenges, as well as for those with intellectual disabilities and substance abuse problems. Emergency services are available.

  • Website, Virginia Community Services Boards

    Community Service Boards


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.

  • Website, Virginia’s Children’s Services Act


Crisis Link

CrisisLink offers free and confidential phone and text hotlines.

  • Website, Crisis Link


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.

  • Website, Northern Virginia Mobile Crisis Unit for Youth


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.

  • Factsheet, Mental Health Needs in Formed Families