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A Guide to Local Mental Health Resources

August 21, 2019
Published in: Mental Health

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Augusta Health believes in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. We wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the many resources available in our area. We encourage you to seek help or to pass this guide on to others who may be in need. Together, we can eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health treatment.

The Valley Community Services Board

The Valley Community Services Board is a publicly funded organization where citizens of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta and Highland Counties can receive behavioral health, substance abuse, and developmental services they need. The VCSB offers same day or earliest convenience intake appointments on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Client services can be reached at (540) 887-3200.

VCSB also offers services to area youth. Through Support Coordination, VCSB links at-risk children and their families to services which promote successful development in social skills, increased self-esteem, and skills for interacting in the community. VCSB also provided outpatient counseling services to children and their families—either through individual, family, or group sessions. Their Case Management Supervisor can be reached at (540) 213-7376.

Valley Hope Outreach Center

Located in Waynesboro, Valley Hope Outreach Center is a nonprofit agency offering professional counseling services to residents of Waynesboro, Staunton, and Augusta County. In partnership with the United Way, Valley Hope seeks to provide affordable, quality mental health care to people of any gender, race, religion, or income level. Counseling services are available by appointment Monday through Thursday, with evening hours available. Clients seeking assistance should call (540) 941-8933 to schedule an appointment.

Crossroads Behavioral Health Services

Crossroads Behavioral Health Services is an acute psychiatric stabilization program. Through intensive, short-term hospitalization, Crossroads provides an interdisciplinary approach to meet the needs of the individual: physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual. Services are divided between both Adult and Geriatric programs to even more accurately hone on in the needs of the patient. Crossroads can be reached at (540) 332-4060.

Outpatient Services at Augusta Health

Augusta Health also offers Traditional Outpatient Services through Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Counseling through these professionals can be conducted individually or through group therapy. These services can be reached at (540) 213-2525.

Valley Pastoral Counseling Center

Since 1980, Valley Pastoral has provided spiritually sensitive counseling services to Waynesboro and the surrounding area for individuals of all ages, as well as couples and families. Valley Pastoral in a non-profit interfaith and interdenominational center that seeks to honor your religious orientation. All are welcome through their doors for counseling through grief, depression, anxiety, or other illnesses. Patients are seen by appointment Monday through Friday, which can be made over the phone at (540) 943-8722.

Emergency Services

Sometimes, immediate intervention is necessary. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the following resources for a prompt response:

  • Emergency Services: 911
  • Suicide Prevention Center: (800) 273-8255
  • Mental Health Crisis Response, through VCSB: (866) 274-7475
  • Domestic Violence Hotline: (540) 886-6800
  • Virginia Child Protective Services hotline: (800) 552-7096
  • Virginia Adult Protective Services hotline: (888) 832-3858

No matter what type of assistance you may need, we encourage members of our community to reach out in times of need. Managing one’s mental health can be just as important in maintaining overall health as diet, exercise, or any other practices one imagines how to “stay healthy.” We hope you will take some time to reflect this month on whether or not you and your loved ones are accessing the care they need to live healthy, productive lives.