To Contact Prevention Services in:
Henrico County – (804) 727-8058
Charles City & New Kent – (804) 727-8058

Henrico Prevention Services provides an array of services that promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles to support healthy youth development. Programs address community needs identified by stakeholders as risk factors and protective factors. Risk factors are personal characteristics or community features that increase the danger of substance abuse, mental health concerns, or other problem behaviors such as teen pregnancy, delinquency and violence. Protective factors, often called “assets”, increase healthy behaviors and lifestyles,and ultimately reduce the risk for problem behaviors. By addressing risks and building upon the strengths of Henrico youth, families, schools and communities, the need for more costly treatment services is prevented.

Prevention Services Include:

Connect is an after-school/summer program available to youth ages 6 thru 16 (varies by site) in the following communities:

  • Henrico Arms
  • Coventry Gardens
  • Oakland Village
  • Richfield

Connect Program components include:

  • Homework assistance
  • Life skills training (evidence-based programs)
  • Substance abuse refusal skills
  • Conflict resolution and problem solving
  • Socialization skills
  • Cultural and recreational opportunities
  • Career development and employment opportunities
  • Youth Leadership Development

Evidence-based programs focus on school-age youth to promote healthy development and lifestyles. Objectives include addressing the developmental and gender-specific needs of youth, promoting life skills, and building resiliency against substance use and other at-risk behaviors. The research-based curriculums (i.e., Al’s Pals, Life Skills, and Safe Dates) educate and empower participants to build confidence, resist negative peer pressure, avoid ATOD use, achieve academically, and become good citizens. Parent programs are also offered to provide strategies to increase parental effectiveness in promoting healthy behaviors in youth.


Preventions Services staff work with local and state-level coalitions to achieve community level outcomes that promote the health and wellness of youth, families and communities.

Youth Leadership Development

The Youth Leadership Program is comprised of middle and high school youth from the respective counties. Youth play an active role in coalition activities including the planning and implementation of prevention strategies, and providing community service. The youth receive training in Prevention strategies and leadership skills.


Opportunities are available to all Henrico, Charles City and New Kent County residents for training in:

  • Effective Prevention Strategies
  • Choosing/implementing a Prevention Program
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Conflict Resolution

Technical Assistance

Prevention Specialists are available to provide technical assistance to organizations
and groups in Henrico, Charles City, and New Kent counties working to enhance
the effectiveness of their prevention efforts and programming.


The following workshops/classes are available to residents of Henrico, Charles City and New Kent counties. Referrals are received from schools and the community.

  • Safe Dates – Creating Healthy Teen Dating Relationships: The Safe Dates Program helps teens identify behaviors that make a dating relationship healthy or unhealthy and potentially dangerous.
  • Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training that teaches participants how to help a person developing a mental health problem or crisis. Participants learn the impact of mental illness and substance use disorders, signs and symptoms of a mental health problem or crisis, a 5-step action plan to offer assistance, and local resources that can help. There are two versions of the course; one focused on adults and the other focused on assisting youth.

Speaker’s Bureau

Prevention Specialists are available to schools and community groups in Henrico, Charles City and New Kent counties to speak on a variety of prevention-related topics, and provide information on healthy youth development and community resources.

To Contact Prevention Services in:

Henrico County – (804) 727-8058
Charles City & New Kent – (804) 727-8058

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Contact Us

Mental Health & Developmental Services

Main Office
10299 Woodman Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060

Access Services Call Center
(804) 727-8515
Main Office Phone
(804) 727-8500
Emergency Services (Mental Health)
(804) 727-8484

(804) 727-8580

Mailing Address
10299 Woodman Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060

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