Where in your community can you turn for support and help when you or a loved one need it? Ready to get involved with local advocacy and want to know who to contact?
VOCAL’s office is happy to provide referral to local resources when you call during office hours (Monday – Friday 10a -4p) at 804-343-1777. Please note, we do not provide direct services or crisis support, but are glad to connect you to resources.
Our partner, Mental Health America of Virginia (MHAV), offers a Warm Line that you can call when you could use some connection with a peer. The Warm Line is open Monday to Friday, 9am til 9pm, Saturday and Sunday, 5pm til 9pm. Please call 1-866-400-MHAV (6428) to get connected with peer support there.
Another behavioral health partner, The SAARA Center, offers the Alive RVA Warmline, which can be reached everyday from 8am til midnight at 1-833-473-3782. In addition to providing peer support the Alive RVA team are trained to connect callers to resources for treatment options, recovery support, housing, food, medical care, and suboxone and methadone referrals.
Virginia’s Peer-Run Programs
Many people experiencing states commonly referred to as mental illness find support at peer-run programs. These are community based organizations staffed by and for peers at no charge — no diagnosis or insurance required. Some programs promote arts events, some offer WRAP and recovery groups, and some offer employment services. Find a Peer-Run Program near you.
Looking for an organization to volunteer or work with? View our Virginia Organizations Utilizing Peer Service Workers document here.
Virginia’s Community Service Boards (CSBs)
The state of Virginia provides mental health and substance use services through Community Service Boards, or CSBs. These are divided up into five Partnership Planning Regions.
Peers are encouraged not only to seek support through the publicly funded mental health system in your area — you’re also encouraged to represent the peer voice and recovery interests to the leadership.
Find your Region using the list of counties below. Then visit that region’s page to learn when CSB board and advisory meetings are scheduled and how to be a voice for peers and recovery. For Advocacy tips, visit the Speak Up! section of our webpage.
Northwestern (Region 1): Counties of Alleghany, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Fredrick, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rappahannock, Fauquier, Culpepper, Madison, Greene, Albemarle, Nelson, Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Appomattox, Fluvanna, Louisa, Orange, Spotsylvania, Caroline, and King George.
Northern (Region 2): Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Alexandria, Loudoun, Prince William, and Stafford.
Southestern (Region 3): Counties of Lee, Scott, Wise, Dickenson, Russell, Washington, Buchanan, Tazewell, Smyth, Grayson, Bland, Wythe, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, Floyd, Carroll, Patrick, Henry, Franklin, Roanoke, Craig, Botetourt, Pittsylvania, Halifax, Mecklenburg, and Brunswick.
Central (Region 4): Counties of Buckingham, Cumberland, Powhatan, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Charles City, Chesterfield, Amelia, Prince Edward, Nottoway, Charlotte, Lunenburg, Dinwiddie, Prince George, Surry, and Sussex and the City of Richmond
Eastern (Region 5): Counties of Northampton, Accomack, Northumberland, Westmoreland, Richmond, Lancaster, Essex, Middlesex, Matthews, Kind and Queen County, King William, Gloucester, James City, York, Williamsburg, Newport News, Poquoson, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Southampton, Suffolk, Chesapeake, VA Beach, Portsmouth, Norfolk
Organizations that Utilize Peer Services
This link will bring you to a list of Virginia organizations that have hired peer recovery specialists and/or certified peer recovery specialists in the past. This should not be considered an exhaustive list of all opportunities for peer service workers in Virginia. Rather, we simply hope that this resource will reduce the overall challenges peers face in securing experience hour and employment opportunities.