Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services(HAMHDS) is committed to providing treatment services to those suffering from a substance use disorder. We serve individuals over the age of 18 who are affected by a substance use disorder. We recognize that problems associated with alcohol or other drug use effect not only the individual but also the family, the workplace, and the general community.
A substance use disorder may be present when a person’s use of alcohol or other drugs continues despite problems it causes in any area of life: personal, social, familial, medical, and/or employment. Services are individualized, trauma informed and address both the substance use and mental health concerns a person may be experiencing.
The agency provides a variety of services to assist individuals and families toward recovery:
Services start with a thorough assessment. Treatment recommendations are made based on the result of the comprehensive assessment. Recommendations may range from individual counseling, substance abuse education groups, addiction treatment groups, medication assisted treatment, detoxification and/or residential treatment. Urine drug screens may be utilized as part of the initial assessment and as a tool during treatment. In addition to the clinic-based services, HAMHDS provides clinicial support to the substance use treatment services in the Henrico County jails.
HAMHDS offers specialized evidence-based outpatient substance use treatment programming for women. HAMHDS gives priority to pregnant & parenting women who are using drugs and/or alcohol. The Enhanced Outpatient Program is specifically designed for the pregnant and parenting mother and offers transportation and childcare. Therapeutic interventions address issues such as relapse prevention, self-care, relationships and intimacy, healthy boundaries, parenting, domestic violence/abuse, and exploitation. Providers help participants link to community-based resources.
“I was placed in the women’s recovery group here at Henrico County Mental Health and I began to attend it. It was my twice weekly appointment that I had to keep. Having that scheduled time and consistent familiar faces each week was vital to keeping me sober in early recovery. It was in this group of women that I found my voice, my strength and began my recovery.” – Graduate from women’s services
Office Based Opiate Treatment (OBOT)
We provide an Opiate Recovery Program to those addicted to opiates. Medication assisted treatment is offered. Treatment also includes individual and group therapy and can include case coordination. In addition to onsite MAT, we contract with local MAT providers as well. Those using opiates are a priority population and will be opened to services upon their request.
Peer support is available both individually and in group formats. Overdose outreach is performed by peer recovery coaches. Peer support is a vital part of the recovery process.
Detoxification and Residential Treatment
Detoxification and Residential Treatment are available through arrangements with local hospitals and specialized treatment facilities.
Building Blocks Education Group
HAMHDS offers a 6 hour Substance Use education class for those that are in the pre-contemplative stage of change. This class is offered monthly and those interested can register by calling Access at 804-727-8515. The cost for this class is $60.
Involvement in self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Adult Children of Alcoholics, and Narcotics Anonymous is an important component of treatment.
To access services:
All services with the exception of the Building Blocks Education class can be initiated during our Same Day Access hours. Please contact 804-727-8515 for assistance.