Office of Child and Family Services

Welcome to the Office of Child and Family Services.

If you are looking for services and supports for your child or adolescent, please visit the For Families tab.

Our vision is for children with behavioral health needs and their families in Virginia to be healthy, resilient, and thriving with access to a comprehensive integrated system of care that is community-based, trauma-responsive, family-driven, outcome-oriented, and culturally competent.

Major Policy Goals

  • Improve access to a coordinated, consistent array of behavioral health services across the Commonwealth.
  • Promote best practices in children’s community-based behavioral health services.
  • Seek funding initiatives that support a comprehensive service array.
  • Support integration of behavioral health services in primary care and schools
  • Take a leadership role in promoting the system of care philosophy, by modeling the principles, collaborating at an interagency level, and involving families and youth.
  • Promote opportunities for behavioral health equity across the state in under-served populations and with groups that have historically experienced racism or oppression in treatment access.
  • Promote the development of family support and education.


The Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) is committed to supporting young people looking to recover from opioid use disorders.  In response, OCFS has launched the Youth Opioid Response Initiative which brings public and private behavioral health providers interested in expanding the provision of substance use services to adolescents (age 16-21), including the use of Medications for Opioid Use Disorders (MOUD) through

  • targeted technical assistance,
  • education, and
  • consultation

Invitations for DBHDS Regional Kickoff Meetings have been sent out to public and private providers, if you are interested in this program and did not receive an invitation, please email

Announcements Archive

Substance Use Disorder Service Availability Form

The 2012 General Assembly has added to section 37.2-505 of the Code of Virginia,
which on July 1, 2012 require CSBs to provide information to hospitals about their substance use disorder services available to minors. The Department has created a template, for download, that should be used to provide this information to hospitals.