A mental health GPS for families
We know treatment works. We're transforming pediatric mental health care by defeating the stigma and treating families with compassion, respect and clinical expertise. Our unique round-the-clock care and short-term crisis management creates a safe place for your children to become the best versions of their selves.
What makes us special
Our facility is built around the theme of natural elements: natural light, outdoor spaces, bright colors, and activity. The aesthetics incite positivity, health, and happiness among our patients.
With access to outside spaces and a wide array of therapy services, we strive to soothe and stabilize the children that see us. We treat with care, enthusiasm, and one-of-a-kind safety features—never mechanical restraints. Our collaborative, seclusion free community urges open visitation and involvement of the family through the entire treatment process. We offer both inpatient and outpatient services that can be established by referral.
We’re transforming children’s mental health. Take a tour of VTCC to learn more.
Here at VTCC, we don’t just treat your child, we treat their futures.
We have an extensive aftercare program, dedicated to providing services and teaching lessons that a child can bring home and take into the rest of their lives:
- Community services
- Linking home base or school base services
- Ongoing psych treatment and/or therapy
- Day treatment programs
When you step into our world, we don’t step out of yours. We make sure to tailor children’s experiences specifically to their needs. From the beginning until even after your child leaves us, we’re there for them—and you—every step of the way.
We provide a 24-hour care inpatient program for adolescents in need of acute, overnight care.
The goal of our short-term acute care is to stabilize and transition children and adolescents back into their daily lives. Patients usually stay about 5-7 days in this program, with the hopes of rehabilitation and stabilization. Although it is not a long stay, we aim to give the families and children everything they need to prepare for everyday life— not just for the present, but the rest of their lives. We provide services including:
- Crisis stabilization (assessment and diagnosis by a multidisciplinary team)
- Educational services
- Individual, group, and family psychotherapy
- Medication assessment and management
- Medical management and psychiatric services
- Nutritional services including meeting special dietary needs by working with a registered dietician
- Occupational therapy, when clinically indicated
- Pet therapy
- Recreational therapy
- School services
Learn about why our inpatient stay is unique and what to expect when coming to us.
Outpatient care involves no overnight treatment but is just as important. Patients may come once but may also come regularly depending on their needs. We address the following concerns:
- Adjustment problems
- Anxiety disorders
- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders
- Behavior disorders at home and school
- Personality and mood disorders
- Sexual abuse
Cameron K. Gallager Mental Health Resource Center
Emotional, social, and behavioral challenges can be overwhelming and difficult to understand. Our innovative Cameron K. Gallager Mental Health Resource Center serves as a hub for support, referrals, and encouragement every step of the way. As a part of the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, we take into account what families have experienced in the mental health system, and work to make sure the process is as simple and stress-free as possible.
Our valuable team assists families in understanding the intricacies of mental health and help them in finding therapists, psychiatrists and other appropriate services. Our expertise includes:
- Anxiety disorders
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders
- Trauma-induced mental health
- Mental health problems complicated by gender/sexuality matters
- Mood disorders
- Behavior concerns at home and school
- Problems with adjustment
- Transgender care
Virginia Treatment Center for Children:
Prior to inpatient admission, children must be screened by a qualified mental health professional. This can be the child's regular mental health provider or a screener in a hospital emergency room or community services board. After determining that inpatient care is needed, the screener will contact VTCC to arrange next steps.
Cameron K. Gallager Mental Health Resource Center:
Families can call directly to speak with a family navigator, free of charge: (804) 828-9897
We are not a crisis provider. If you feel your child is in a mental health crisis, please:
- Call your local mental health agency (community services board)
- Call 9-1-1, or
- Take them to the nearest emergency room for evaluation.