Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders

Substance Abuse Prevention Program – Fairfax County

The Substance Abuse Prevention program, a partnership between the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and Fairfax County Public Schools, works to provide substance use prevention, assessments and treatment to adolescents who are at risk of or who are actively using substances.

Specialized staff at seven high schools ensure youth have access to services to reduce substance use and address underlying issues that may lead to the decision to use. The program is confidential and staff are well versed in substance use and recovery.

  • Website, Substance Abuse Prevention Program – Fairfax County

    Fairfax SAP program for High School Students


Virginia Family Network, NAMI Virginia

The Virginia Family Network (VFN) is a statewide network of families who support, educate, and empower other families with children and youth with mental health needs while also promoting family-driven and youth-guided policy throughout the child-serving systems.  The initiative is designed to “meet the family where they are” through activities such as providing support groups, training, resources, and mentorship from other families with children and youth with mental health needs. We are committed to ensuring that no matter where a family lives, they have access to the support and information that they need so that no family ever feels alone. VFN is Virginia’s Statewide Family Network and voice for families.

VFN is a program of NAMI Virginia.

  • Website, Virginia Family Network, NAMI Virginia


Engaging with Schools to Support Your Child with Psychosis

From the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors,  this 14 page guide reviews signs of psychosis in children and youth and provides guidance on coordinating with schools.

  • PDF, Engaging with Schools to Support Your Child with Psychosis


Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
October 01, 2016

Children and adolescents affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol who have brain damage that is manifested in functional impairments of neurocognition, self-regulation, and adaptive functioning may most appropriately be diagnosed with neurobehavioral disorder associated with prenatal exposure.

  • Report, Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure


Parent and Educator Resource Guide on Section 504 from the US Department of Education
December 01, 2016

Some students with mental health challenges may be considered students with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; some may also be considered students with disabilities who require special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Learn more about Section 504 with this Parent and Educator Resource Guide on Section 504 from the US Department of Education.

  • Website, Parent and Educator Resource Guide on Section 504 from the US Department of Education

  • Guide, Parent and Educator Resource Guide on Section 504 from the US Department of Education


Understanding Addiction article

Understanding Addiction, from the Harvard University School of Medicine.

  • Guide, Understanding Addiction article


National Institute on Drug Abuse

Information about substance use disorder treatment and referral to treatment resources is available from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

  • Website, National Institute on Drug Abuse


What Does Research Tell Us About Services for Children in Therapeutic/Treatment Foster Care with Behavioral Health Issues?
June 01, 2014

Report of Expert Panel: What Does Research Tell Us About Services for Children in Therapeutic/Treatment Foster Care with Behavioral Health Issues? This report summarizes findings from an expert panel convened by federal agencies to address research on effective approaches to TFC.

  • Report, What Does Research Tell Us About Services for Children in Therapeutic/Treatment Foster Care with Behavioral Health Issues?

    Main Report

  • Report, What Does Research Tell Us About Services for Children in Therapeutic/Treatment Foster Care with Behavioral Health Issues?

    Appendices Revised

  • Website, What Does Research Tell Us About Services for Children in Therapeutic/Treatment Foster Care with Behavioral Health Issues?


Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion

Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion offers resources for parents/caregivers who have mental illness.

  • Website, Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion


The Learning & Working Transitions RTC 

The Learning & Working Transitions RTC at University of Massachusetts Medical Center focuses on youth and young adults ages 14-30 who have serious mental health conditions, conducting cutting-edge research on age appropriate programs that support education, training, and working during the transition to adulthood.

  • Website, The Learning & Working Transitions RTC 


Children’s Mental Health Network

Children’s Mental Health Network provides weekly news and unbiased analysis of key issues through accessible web-based platforms focused on children, youth and families’ mental health and well-being.

  • Website, Children’s Mental Health Network


Child Mind Institute

The Child Mind Institute in New York City hosts a website that reports latest developments in children and adolescent mental health research and intervention.

  • Website, Child Mind Institute


National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health provides information and resources on specific disorders, the latest research and how to access treatments.

  • Website, National Institute of Mental Health


Beacon Tree

Beacon Tree is a Richmond-area foundation that is dedicated to being an advocate for the family, providing education and financial resources to help heal children struggling with mental health.

  • Website, Beacon Tree


The US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a number of web resources including a Behavioral Health Treatment Locator and the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.

  • Website, The US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    Behavioral Health Treatment Locator

  • Website, The US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    Programs and Practices


National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health offers a wealth of resources and free membership.

  • Website, National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health


NAMI of Northern Virginia

NAMI of Northern Virginia offers a number of support groups for families and individuals struggling with mental illness.  Find the list of support groups as well as other resources form NAMI of Northern Virginia.

  • Website, NAMI of Northern Virginia


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Virginia

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Virginia offers opportunities that support, educate, and empower other families with children and youth with mental health needs while also promoting family driven and youth guided policy throughout the child serving systems.

  • Website, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Virginia


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