Dealing with emotional, social and behavioral issues can be challenging and sometimes overwhelming. Our family navigators support families along their journey. Our model uses the valuable experiences of families who have navigated the mental health system, providing one-on-one support and referral assistance to families seeking services for their children. We help families understand the mental health options available for children and assist them in finding therapists, psychiatrists or other appropriate services.
Families can call directly to speak with a family navigator, free of charge. We also provide a service for Richmond area primary care providers who refer families in need of support and assistance.The Children's Mental Health Resource Center is a program of the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, the Child and Adolescent Division of the VCU Department of Psychiatry and a service under the Children's Hospital of Richmond.
CMHRC is a true community collaboration guided by a program advisory group made up of parents, mental health providers, advocacy groups and other parties concerned with improving access to children's mental health services.
Bela Sood, MD, Chair, VCU Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Medical Director, Virginia Treatment Center for Children
Claudia Wall, MEd, Director of Community Relations/Student & Community Services, Virginia Union University
Jay Ziehl, Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, UMFS
John Richardson-Lauve, LCSW, Program Manager-Guidance Clinic, ChildSavers
Lisa Moon, PhD, Faculty and Director of The Center for the Study of the Urban Child, Virginia Union University
Margaret Nimmo Holland, Executive Director, Voices for Virginia's Children
Stephany Melton, Director-Statewide Family Network, NAMI Virginia
Nicole O-Pries, LCSW, CTS, Director of Clinical and Community Based Services, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls
Patricia Harris, NCC, LPC, President, Family Focus, Inc.
Paulette Skapars, LCSW, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
Tanya Gonzalez, Manager, Richmond Hispanic Liaison Office
Thomas Leahy, Founder, Beacon Tree Foundation
Rebecca China, Coordinator, CSA, City of Richmond
Alexandria Lewis, PhD, Executive Director, Virginia Treatment Center for Children, VCU Department of Psychiatry