Northern Virginia Regional Projects Office - Hospital Beds


Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute

The Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute (NVMHI), located in Falls Church, Virginia, is an inpatient psychiatric facility under the auspices of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Behavioral Health and Disability Services. To be eligible for services at NVMHI an individual must:

  • be between the ages of 18 to 65
  • be in need of acute psychiatric treatment and
  • reside in one of the five Community Services Board (CSB) districts in Northern Virginia (Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax-Falls Church, Loudoun, and Prince William).

All admissions are pre-screened by the CSB in the person's area of residence. Once the pre-screener has determined the need for admission, contact is made with the Admissions Department at NVMHI to arrange an admission intake. NVMHI accepts individuals on involuntary and voluntary admission status.

In July 2010, bed capacity at NVMHI was reduced to 123 psychiatric beds. To manage that bed reduction, staff at the CSBs and NVMHI have worked closely together to assure that the acute care/crisis needs of consumers in Northern Virginia are met. These strategies include matching and monitoring consumer needs across several settings, including, but not limited to, NVMHI, Local Inpatient Purchase of Services (LIPOS) hospitals, and crisis stabilization units. Criteria used to assure that consumer needs and sufficient resources are addressed have been developed and are updated based on current circumstances. These criteria and procedures are:

Local Inpatient Purchase of Services

Our region (HPR II) utilizes six local hospitals for Local Inpatient Purchase of Services (LIPOS) funding:

  • Dominion Hospital
  • Inova Behavioral Health Services (see Inova's behavioral health brochure)
    • Fairfax Hospital
    • Loudoun Hospital
    • Mount Vernon Hospital
  • Prince William Hospital and
  • Virginia Hospital Center

Staff from Emergency Services of the five CSBs place at-risk consumers with no financial resources into these beds when no available beds exist at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute (NVMHI). Discharge planners from the five CSBs monitor their stay and provide discharge planning and transfer to NVMHI as needed.

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Northern Virginia Regional Projects Office

14150 Parkeast Circle, Suite 275
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
Phone: 703-449-6303 Fax: 703-968-4020 TTY: 703 968-4050
Email: NVRPO@fairfaxcounty.gov

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