Virginia Regional Education Assessment Crisis Services Habilitation

VA REACH is Virginia’s statewide, regionally-based crisis system that meets the needs of individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and experiencing crisis events that put them at risk for homelessness, incarceration, hospitalization and/or being a danger to themselves or others. REACH offers an additional layer of support to emergency services, the state hospital system and caregivers who work closely with IDD individuals.

VA REACH believes individuals with developmental disabilities should be supported with services that allow them to live the most inclusive life possible in their community. This includes access to appropriate and effective crisis stabilization, intervention and prevention services, all which could include mental health treatment services.

Easterseals UCP operates a REACH program in Northern Virginia that offers crisis prevention and response services. It also offers various trainings throughout the state to increase the skills for those who support individuals living with developmental disabilities.

We serve children and adults with co-occurring diagnoses of developmental disability and behavioral health needs. We enhance local capacity and provide collaborative, cost-effective support to individuals and their families through:

  • Access and links to additional supports
  • Education
  • Exemplary clinical services
  • Mentoring and training
  • Short-term crisis and transitional housing

Crisis support for children and adults in Virginia

VA REACH is a comprehensive program that is designed to meet the crisis needs of individuals who have a developmental disability (DD). VA REACH connects individuals to emergency services, state hospital systems and caregivers. VA REACH also works with families and other agencies to provide the highest level of coordinated care to serve individuals living with DD and at risk for a behavioral or mental health crisis.

We help individuals experiencing crisis events that put them at risk for:

  • Being a danger to themselves or others.
  • Homelessness
  • Hospitalization
  • Incarceration
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