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Children & Family Services

Infant Development and Parent Education Services

The Infant Development Program is targeted for infants from birth to three years of age who are at risk of developmental delays, atypical developloment, and/or diagnosed medical conditions.  The main goal of these services is to provide support to familily members and caregivers to optimize the child's ability to reach developmental milestones. We also assist families with preparing children for entry into preschool or specialized educational programs, such as Head Start. 

An Early Intervention Specialist works closely in the home to conduct a developmental assessment and offers parent education and support services.  Our staff determines appropriate developmental training needs in collaboration with caregivers and other professional servicer providers, and coordinates early intervention services, such as physical therapy, speech/language therapy, etc.

Crisis Service Coordination

This child-focused , family-friendly service provides children and their families with assistance to stabilize unsafe behaviors, manage stressful situations, and maintain childrens' residency in their home communities.  Services include developing individualized crisis stabilization plans, assessing need for services, referring and linking families to support services, coordination with other service providers, monitoring, and advocacy. The focus is on effective intervention for children who experience thoughts and feelings of harm to themselves or others, significantly poor functioning at home home, school or within their communities that may lead to (or require) psychaitric hospitalization or removal from their their homes.  The children served by this service are between the ages of 3 and 17 years old and who are determined to have a primary mental health disorder.  Children with a primaryintelectual disability diagnosis are linked to ID Service Coordination services.

 Independent Assessment, Certification and Coordination Team (IACCT)

The Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) recently announced regulatory changes to the process by which Medicaid-eligible children with behavioral health issues are placed in Residential Treatment Facilities. Under the new process admission for all Medicaid-funded placements for residential treatment will be coordinated by an Independent Assessment, Certification and Coordination Team (IACCT).

The IACCT will assess the child’s needs and certify the need for residential treatment, if appropriate. Localities will have the option to contract with Magellan (the Behavioral Health Administrator for DMAS) to serve as the IACCT through their local Community Policy and Management Teams. This represents a significant change to the residential treatment admissions process

Important Numbers for Magellan Members to contact Magellan Directly:

TDD: 1-800-424-4048
TTY: 711

Prevention Services

Substance abuse prevention and education activities are available to residents in Halifax, Brunswick, and Mecklenburg Counties. These activities are aimed at enhancing the ability of the community to more effectively provide prevention services in the areas of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse.  Services are concentrated on the youth and adolescents of the community, with an emphasis on the role of the family in preventing risk behaviours.  Some of the programs include anger management and violence prevention workshops, after-school programs, youth leadership training, and fatherhood initiatives.

Strengthening Families Program

SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program, for parents and children, found to significantly reduce problem behaviors, and alcohol and drug abuse in children and to improve social competencies.

Requirement: you must have a child between the ages 6 & 11, and be committed to attend 14 sessions.

Too Good For Violence

Too Good for Violence is a universal, school-based violence prevention and character education program that teaches the skills and builds the character students need to treat others respectfully and get along peacefully. TGFV is available for both high school and middle school students.

Too Good For Drugs

Too Good for Drugs is a universal school-based prevention program that reduces risk factors and enhances protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use as well as other problem behavior among students. TGFD is available for both high school and middle school students.

Life Skills Training

LST is a substance abuse and violence prevention program to help children resist drugs, alcohol, tobacco use as well as other high-risk behaviors.


Parenting in the Real World

"Parenting in the Real World" is an interactive parenting workshop designed to help parents of children from birth through 4 years of age cope with stress so that they can be better, more effective caregivers.


"Cooperative Parenting" focuses on the relationship between parents who are living apart, and are jointly raising their children. CP helps to reduce or eliminate conflict, and establish or improve communications between parents.

Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP Teen)

STEP provides skills training for parents dealing with frequently encountered challenges with their children.

Target audience: Parents of teenagers.

Parenting Wisely

"Parenting Wisely" is a parenting skills education system. The Parenting Wisely programs are designed to facilitate the learning of necessary skills for the healthy well-balanced raising of children from ages 3 to 18.

Outpatient Service Centers

Brunswick Behavioral Health Center
2087 Lawrenceville Plank Road
PO Box 218
Lawrenceville, VA 23868
Telephone: 434-848-4121

Halifax Behavioral Health Center
424 Hamilton Boulevard
PO Box 488
South Boston, VA 24592
Telephone: 434-572-2936

Mecklenburg Behavioral Health Center
523 Madison Street
PO Box 470
Boydton, VA 23917
Telephone: 434-738-0154

Prevention Coordinator

Children and Family Services Center
424 Hamilton Boulevard
PO Box 488
South Boston, VA 24592
Telehone: 434-572-6918 Ext. 334