Northern Virginia Regional Projects Office

CONTACT INFORMATION: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
703-531-2150 TTY 711
14150 Parkeast Circle, Suite 115
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
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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 Developmental Services (DBHDS). 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 CSB districts in Region 2.

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, the Admissions Department at NVMHI is contacted to arrange an intake. NVMHI accepts individuals with involuntary and voluntary admission status.

NVMHI has a bed capacity of 134, and accepts both civil and forensic admissions. NVMHI is often at capacity due to adherence to legislative requirements as well as ongoing efforts to divert individuals with mental illness from jails to psychiatric treatment. As a result, staff from the CSBs and NVMHI collaborate closely to assure that the psychiatric acute care and crisis needs of individuals living in Northern Virginia are met. These strategies include, but are not limited to, close monitoring of trends and needs across all settings in our continuum of care, close collaboration with our private hospital partners, use of crisis stabilization units, Mandatory Outpatient Treatment (MOT), and collaboration with our local law enforcement officers. Criteria used to monitor our resources have been developed and are updated regularly based upon changing circumstances. These criteria and procedures are:


Local Inpatient Purchase of Services (LIPOS)

State funding dispersed regionally to purchase private psychiatric hospital beds for individuals with no healthcare benefits when admission to a state psychiatric hospital is not possible. Read the LIPOS Frequently Asked Questions.

Region 2 contracts with several local hospitals for LIPOS funding:

Staff from Emergency Services of the five Region 2 CSBs place at-risk consumers with no financial resources into these beds when no available beds exist at NVMHI. Discharge planners from Region 2 CSBs monitor their stay and provide discharge planning and transfer to NVMHI as needed. See the list of DBHDS Region 2 CSB Contacts for LIPOS.

Hospital Information

Adult Forms and Procedures

Youth Forms and Procedures

Insured Transfers

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