Community Based Mental Health

Our Approach

Our services are designed to meet the needs of individuals experiencing difficulties in their lives due to emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues. We provide each person with individualized services and training so they can function as successfully and independently as possible.

Mental Health Skill Building

Dominion Day Services is a Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) licensed provider of Mental Health Skill Building services.  We help adults who are experiencing emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges which result in significant functional impairments in major life activities and make it hard for them to live independently.  These individuals demonstrate clinical necessity for our services and require individualized training to self-manage in the home.

Mental Health Skill Building criteria include:

  • a mental health diagnosis
  • a previous psychiatric hospitalization or other treatment
  • a recent prescription for psychotropic medication

Our qualified mental health professionals work closely with adults to enrich their daily lives by providing them with the customized tools they need to live as independently as possible.  The adults we serve benefit by learning many valuable life skills from our caring, highly competent staff members, including:

  • Personal daily living skills
  • Socialization
  • Home maintenance and management
  • Activities of daily living
  • Budgeting
  • Medication assistance
  • Parenting
  • Appointment management

After our clients receive these services, they will be much better equipped to manage day-to-day life challenges. Our specialized professionals work very hard to ensure they are able to function more effectively and overcome any barriers, ultimately empowering them to gain more independence.

Please email us for more information.

Intensive In-Home

Dominion Day Services is a DBHDS licensed provider of Intensive In-Home services. Our team of compassionate, talented mental health professionals help children and adolescents up to age 21 with emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues.

Criteria for Intensive In-Home include:

  • Risk of out-of-home placement because of conflicts with family or community
  • Difficulty in cognitive ability such that they are unable to recognize personal danger or recognize significantly inappropriate social behavior resulting in being at risk for out of home placement
  • Transitioning home from an out-of-home placement
  • Diminished self-care
  • Repeated interventions by mental health, social services, or judicial system

Our staff works primarily in clients’ homes with at least one parent or responsible adult participating in the process to secure the youth’s current home placement. The responsible adult is expected to engage in therapy and service-related activities to benefit the individual.

Treatment focuses on:

  • Individual and family counseling
  • Communication skills
  • Behavior modification
  • Social skills
  • Anger management
  • 24 hour emergency response
  • Care coordination with other services

This highly intensive service helps families maintain a family system by enabling them to work through their issues and keep the youth in their home for the long term.

Please email us for more information.

Therapeutic Day Treatment

Dominion Day Services is a DBHDS licensed provider of Therapeutic Day Treatment services. Children experiencing ongoing emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges in their school are at risk for potentially needing more intensive services or out-of-school placements.  Criteria for Therapeutic Day Treatment include:

  • Difficulty in establishing or maintaining normal interpersonal relationships to such a degree that they are at risk of hospitalization or out-of-home placement
  • Repeated interventions by the mental health, social services or judicial system are or have been necessary
  • Difficulty in cognitive ability such that they are unable to recognize personal danger or recognize significantly inappropriate social behavior
  • Extremely depressed or marginally connected with reality
  • Deficits in social skills, peer relations or dealing with authority; hyperactivity; poor impulse control

In an effort to address these situations, our experienced counselors step in to help.  They work diligently to cultivate a healthy, functional day-to-day environment for the child. Our staff works with the child in the school using the EQUIP Program, an evidence based intervention method. Currently, we are the only provider in Virginia with trained counselors using this approach, including:

  • year-round counseling to include summer programs
  • highly structured curriculum
  • classroom monitoring
  • therapeutic groups
  • individual counseling
    • social skills
    • anger management
    • conflict resolution
    • appropriate classroom behavior
    • improved focusing skills
    • appropriate verbalization
    • impulse control
  • behavior modification for behavior problems

Parents and/or guardians are coached by the counselor to be active participants in the treatment process and participate in the services weekly. Children benefit by developing the skills needed to succeed.

Please email us for more information.

Milepost 18

Our Milepost 18 Apartment Living Program helps adults 17 to 21 in foster care (foster homes, independent living arrangements, colleges, etc.) transition to independent community living. After age 18, localities are not legally responsible for youth so it is vital that individuals receive the support needed to thrive in their communities.

The first 90 days are critical to achieving favorable outcomes. Our experienced, caring professionals work closely with individuals to help them settle into a secure, calm environment by providing them safety, continuity, consistency, and an ongoing support system – all essential to their future. We offer:

  • Assessments
  • Transitional living service planning
  • Daily living skills training
  • Educational, vocational, and employment referrals
  • Assistance, monitoring, and ongoing supervision and support (reality-based supervised apartment setting, eventually moving to semi-supervised apartment setting)

Each individual utilizes Ansell-Casey Life Skills Inventory to determine their readiness and skill level. This also helps our counselors develop a customized, effective transitional living plan ensuring their long term success.

Mile Post 18 is available exclusively in the Richmond area.

Please contact Janet Brown at (804) 426-6647 or email her directly for more information.

Milepost 18 Application