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Family Wellness


Provides a comprehensive system of care that incorporates program, practices, and strategies to support the physical, emotional, and psychological needs of families.

  • Evidence-based programs that support the DBHDS’ implementation of the Strategic Prevention Framework through programs proven to enhance family health and wellness, family relationships, increased family management, children’s mental health and reduce substance abuse.
  • Environmental strategies aimed at influencing community conditions, standards, institutions, systems and policies to support the physical, economic, legal and social-cultural conditions of families and communities .
  • Family Wellness Advisory Boards provide a venue for diverse community partners to participate in a process that assists in the planning, decision-making and implementation of programs, practices, and strategies and leverages resources to successfully  implement the community ‘s wellness plan.
  • Social media and marketing that help raise awareness, promote healthy norms and behaviors and support policy changes related to family wellness.

Program Grantees identified in June 2014 - The 15 Community Service Boards (CSBs) receiving Family Wellness Initiative funding are:  Piedmont, Eastern Shore, New River Valley, Hampton-Newport News, Hanover, Danville-Pittsylvania, Horizon Behavioral Health, Highlands, Region Ten, Rappahannock Area, Blue Ridge, Richmond, Northwestern and Virginia Beach.


Actual Quotes from Strengthening Families Surveys
SF helped me to...

"see that other parents have some of the same issues that I do..."

"learn better ways to communicate with my children"

"how to set limits and be loving at the same time."

"to deal with things in a better way than the way I have been doing them."

"You first have to change to see change in your family."

"see effective vs. non-effective ways to communicate with my children."

Also..."I took this class as a step-parent with sole custody of three new daughters. The class helped us to become a closer family unit."

Parent of a teen? Try these 6 things:

6 Parenting Practices

No one ever said parenting would be easy – but parenting a teen is, in so many ways, an especially difficult task. Science shows us that parents can have a huge impact on their teens’ choices and lives; but only if they’re equipped with the right information.

It’s important to remember your power as a parent. Here are suggestions on ways you can reduce the chance your teen will drink, use drugs or engage in other risky behavior:

1) Build a warm & supportive relationship with your child. Research shows that children who can count on their parents’ support and warmth are less likely to use drugs and alcohol. This can mean everything from discussing shared interests and engaging in activities together to keeping your anger and emotion in check when talking with your teen. More >

2) Be a good role model when it comes to drinking, taking medicine and handling stress. When it comes to alcohol and other drugs, children are likely to model their parents’ behaviors — both healthy and unhealthy ones. More >

3) Know your child’s friends. It sounds simple, and it is. You, as the parent, set the foundation for your child’s interaction with his friends. As your child gets older, his friends play a more important role in the choices he makes. Knowing who they are and a little about them can help you to be more prepared to intervene if a problem occurs. More >
Want to learn more and read about all six parenting practices?

Download the entire "6 Parenting Practices" eBook now.

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