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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.

Substance Abuse Services

Women’s Substance Abuse Services

Serving Pregnant Women, Women with young children, and TANF recipients!

Our Mission: ———————————

To expand the availability of treatment services for pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders, improve the health of women, infants, and children in Richmond, and expand case management services for parents and children.

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To receive substance abuse services provided by RBHA, which are supported with state funding, applicants must be:

(a) Richmond residents and
(b) suffer from a substance use disorder
Pregnant women receive priority treatment.

Our Unit: —————————————————————————

The Women’s Services Unit provides a combination of comprehensive programs that provide treatment planning, treatment referral, to include outpatient, residential and follow-up for pregnant and postpartum women. 

Our Team: ————————————————————————

The unit is staffed by three (3) clinicians, five (5) case managers and a counselor aide.  The team is comprised of Bachelor and Master’s level staff with various certifications to include certifications in substance abuse counseling, Auricular Acupuncture, and counseling as well as memberships on local and national professional boards.

Our Services: ———————————————————————

Case Management, Treatment Referral, Interim, and Follow-up Services

Consumers who are enrolled in the Women’s Services Unit are assigned case managers who will assist them by monitoring progress and participation, as well as link with appropriate services that may be provided inside or outside of the agency through contracted providers.

Outpatient Treatment Services

Consumers may be referred to gender-specific non-residential counseling services operated within the agency, or they may be referred to outpatient treatment through a contracted provider.

Outpatient Opioid Treatment Services (Methadone or Buprenorphine)

Outpatient Opioid treatment services utilizing methadone for pregnant women and methadone or Buprenorphine (Suboxone) for other women are offered through a contract with community service providers.

Residential Treatment Services

Residential placement for pregnant women and women with children for variable lengths of stay is available through contracts with various providers in the state of Virginia. Residential placement with the option of methadone is also available for some opioid-dependent pregnant women.

Our Programs: ———————————————————————

The Healthy Start Program is a service for pregnant and postpartum women.  Its goal is to “give each child a healthy start!” Special emphasis is placed on the health of the pregnant woman and her unborn child.  Participants may receive outpatient services within the agency, with child minding and transportation provided, or they may receive methadone treatment or long-term residential services.  This project is funded through the Richmond City Department of Social Services by a federal grant. An expansion of this project includes expedited screening and referrals being conducted on-site at the Richmond City Health District.

The Recovering Families Program (RFP) is a long-term residential service which includes services for women with their dependent children.  A special component of this program includes individual therapy, and parenting skill development.

The Regional Perinatal Project (RPP) is a collaboration of the Region IV Community Services Boards, contracted substance abuse providers and other community agencies.  The project provides comprehensive intensive case management, medical services, residential substance abuse services, and other wrap-around services to pregnant women who reside in the HPR-IV catchment area.  Both the RFP and the RPP are special projects funded by the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services. 

The “POWR” Project (Providing Opportunities for Work and Recovery) is a collaborative venture between the RBHA, Richmond City Department of Social Services and the Department of Rehabilitative Services to provide substance abuse services and job readiness training to TANF recipients.  These specially-tailored services include a strong readiness-to-work component, along with comprehensive assessments, intensive community case management, treatment planning and referral, outpatient treatment services provided at multiple off-site locations and special services for individuals with co-occurring disorders. This project is funded by the Virginia Department of Social Services.

The “BE FIT Project” (Being Empowered Families In Transition) will utilize evidence-based practices to provide assertive outreach efforts, enhanced residential treatment, comprehensive healthcare, and continuing care to pregnant and post-partum women in the Richmond Virginia region. Services such as parenting and life skills training along with intensive case management with wrap around services will not only enhance the lives of the women involved but also the lives of their children and families. Project services are catered to the specific needs of pregnant and post-partum women and their families with the ultimate goal of reducing the incidence of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and improving family outcomes. This project is funded by SAMHSA.


Our Partners: ———————————————————————

  • Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DMHMRSAS)
  • Department of Social Services
  • Richmond City Health District

Our Funding Sources: Federal and state grants

Unique Attributes: ________________________________________

Our unit has been almost 100% grant funded over the past 11 years, and we are uniquely innovative in our approaches to treating women with substance use disorders.

Program Manager: Dierdre Pearson, LCSW, CSAC





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