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.
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.
Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol ExposureOctober 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.
Parent and Educator Resource Guide on Section 504 from the US Department of EducationDecember 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.