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  • Department of Human Services

    ​The Virginia Beach Department of Human Services provides Virginia Beach residents the opportunity to achieve the highest level of self-sufficiency, safety, and quality of life possible, through an array of coordinated services delivered in a climate of dignity, respect and accountability.

  • Human Services Administration

    The Virginia Beach Department of Human Services is seeking resident input on ways to enhance and provide a range of service options with the Opioid Abatement Funds which have been allocated to the City of Virginia Beach from settlements with prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors.

    A series of listening sessions and town halls are scheduled to provide residents with multiple opportunities to share their thoughts, concerns and needs regarding the opioid epidemic. In addition, residents are asked to complete an anonymous survey to share their experience with recovery and treatment options available in our community, and what can be done to improve those services. 

    To learn more and take the survey, please visit

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    The Virginia Beach Department of Human Services is a combined behavioral health authority and local department of social services that provides an array of coordinated services to help meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of our community. 

    The joint operation of the Community Services Board, Social Services and our supportive divisions under the umbrella of a single department enables a higher level of collaboration that ensures clients can receive the full spectrum of services that they may need from across all areas of the agency.

    Virginia Beach residents can reach the Department's programs and services through any of its major program areas. 

    Broadly speaking, Behavioral Health and Developmental Services are responsible for assisting individuals with mental health concerns, substance use, and/or intellectual disorders. 

    The Social Services functions include financial assistance, child protective services and adult protective services.