Mission: RBHA enhances the quality of life for the people of Richmond by promoting and providing quality behavioral health and developmental services that are available, accessible, and cost-effective.
At any given time, RBHA has approximately 20 student interns working for the agency under supervision. Our agency partners with many different institutions, such as Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia State University, the University of Virginia, Argosy University, Walden University, and the Virginia Treatment Center for Children.
All interns and volunteers complete an orientation process that includes training about HIPAA, human rights, bloodborne pathogens, False Claims Act Reporting, and atuberculosis screening. In addition, each intern is given a RBHA identification badge and signs a statement of confidentiality. The job description for student interns is as follows:
Under weekly supervision, students will be provided education and guidance to practice the highest professional standards as they deliver services to consumers, conduct agency and/or organizational tasks, and participate in policy analysis and/or application. Their role is not to cover gaps in staffing shortages. Some of their learning assignments will include, but are not limited to: conducting bio-psychosocial-spiritual assessment, differentiating diagnostic categories, providing clinical case management services to a small caseload and collaborating with their families and/or other providers as permitted by the consumer, documenting all rendered services according to regulatory standards, attending unit/division meetings and in-service training, completing process recordings and using as a tool to critique practice, actively utilizing supervision to communicate learning needs, thoughts, feelings, and linking theory with practice by translating concepts into specific action.