Northern Virginia Regional Projects Office

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-531-2150
TTY 711

14150 Parkeast Circle, Suite 200
Chantilly, Virginia 20151

Jean Post,
Director

Crisis stabilization services (REACH) for individuals with developmental disabilities

REACH logo and phone numberCrisis stabilization and related services, collectively known as “REACH” (Regional, Education, Assessment, Crisis Services, Habilitation) are available 24/7 for individuals of all ages with documented evidence of intellectual and/or developmental disability and individuals over 18 years of age with mental health and/or at risk behavioral challenges (qualifications described below) who live in areas served by the following Community Services Boards (CSBs): Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax-Falls Church, Loudoun, and Prince William.

REACH services include mobile crisis response teams for crisis stabilization and prevention for adults and youth as well as a crisis therapeutic home for adults in need of short-term crisis stabilization and prevention outside of their home (30 days or less for crisis stays and 5 days or less for prevention stays).

If someone you care about, who has an intellectual or developmental disability, is experiencing a crisis due to behavioral or psychiatric needs, call REACH. Referrals can be made by family members, CSB Emergency Services, case managers and other service providers.

Call any time, 24/7:

  • REACH 24-Hour Crisis and Referral Line – 855-897-8278

Eligibility

  • REACH works with people who live in areas served by the following Community Services Boards (CSBs): Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax-Falls Church, Loudoun, and Prince William, including:
    • Individuals of all ages with documented evidence of intellectual and/or developmental disability and
    • Individuals over 18 years of age with mental health and/or at risk behavioral challenges:
      • A person over 18 years of age who is not formally diagnosed with an I/DD diagnosis (for example, individuals with a previous diagnosis or current DSM-V code of “borderline intellectual functioning”) may meet criteria for REACH crisis response and concentrated mobile crisis stabilization/mobile supports if all of the following criteria are met:
        • There are functional limitations in three or more major life activity areas in comparison to the Code of VA DD definition.
        • It is determined that the current functional limitations in three or more major life activity areas are not solely the result of an acute medical issue, acute intoxication, not actively in detox, medication related issue, dementia, or neurocognitive conditions.
        • All of the above and the individual has a co-occurring behavioral health disorder and/or significant behavioral challenges which currently manifests as an acute crisis situation which puts the individual at risk of psychiatric hospitalization or disruption to their residential stability, including incarceration.

REACH offers

  • Intensive Community Support
    • Support provided in the individual’s current residence.
  • Adult Crisis Therapeutic Home
    • Residential crisis stabilization for up to 30 days
    • Step down transition from hospitals, jail, training centers;
    • Prevention stays to add additional support during periods of high stress;
    • Serves up to six adults;
    • Provides clinical and behavioral support on a time-limited basis (up to 30 days) to stabilize the individual and assess ongoing needs.
  • Other Services
    • 24/7 mobile crisis support – respond to crises in the community within one hour;
    • 24/7 crisis line
    • 24/7 face to face response
    • Assess and determine support needs;
    • Develop crisis or behavioral plans (cross-system planning);
    • Referral services for ongoing treatment (community/prevention services, emergency medical, CSB intake, etc.).

REACH Mission

  • To prevent unnecessary institutionalization of individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and to provide them opportunities to live in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs and consistent with their informed choice.

REACH Goal

  • Provide in-home and community-based crisis assistance services to individuals and their families to improve quality of life and decrease facility placements and/or inpatient hospitalization.
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