VHC Health, Arlington Announces Plans for Behavioral Wellness Facility – Official Website of the Government of Arlington County Virginia

Published on January 24, 2023


VHC Health and Arlington County today announced an agreement to expand much-needed mental health and rehabilitation services.

VHC Health will purchase and convert 5.8 acres at 610 S. Carlin Springs Rd. in an advanced rehabilitation and behavioral health wellness facility. Russell E. McVay, MD, Chairman, VHC Health Board of Directors, said, “This expansion of mental health services to the region has been a long-standing priority for the Board and VHC Health. The Board is pleased to continue to serve our community and help this facility champion and advocate for those in need in and around Arlington County.”

In addition to the capacity for more inpatient rehab services, the new facility will have expanded mental health services – a 24-bed adult unit, a 24-bed adolescent unit, a 24-bed recovery and Five outpatient programs, including a wellness unit, and an adult intensive outpatient program Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program, Recovery and Wellness Intensive Outpatient Program, adult partial hospitalization program, and an outpatient behavioral health clinic.

VHC Health will also provide a 14-bed Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit in the hospital’s main campus to continue to serve patients in need of a higher level of medical care. Arlington County will retain the remaining land for future public uses consistent with the VHC health environment.

This joint project comes with the support of key Arlington community members and stakeholder groups.

“For nearly 80 years, VHC Health’s mission has gone beyond serving its patients, but to become a deeply embedded health system within its community. This expansion complements this mission while supporting our vision and values. VHC Health commends the Governor and General Assembly for their commitment to addressing Virginia’s behavioral health crisis and this joint venture will contribute to the commonwealth’s purpose of treating behavioral wellness,” said Chris Lane, CEO and President of VHC Health .

“We are grateful for our continued partnership with VHC Health in developing facilities to meet the healthcare needs of the Arlington community,” said County Board Chairman Christian Dorsey. “With increasing demand, mental health services remain a priority. We remain committed to enhancing capacity and offering services and support to individuals and their families facing behavioral health challenges.”

The project was also supported by Virginia Senator Barbara Fevola (D-Arlington) and Delegate Patrick Hope (D-Arlington). “Improving access to community-based mental health care is an urgent need in every jurisdiction in the Commonwealth. I am proud to see my local hospital, VHC Health, responding in such a patient-centred way. VHC Behavioral Health The facility will aid patients on their journey to recovery,” said Senator Fevola. “We are proud to help drive new initiatives across the state to meet community members where they are with their healthcare needs,” said Delegate Hope.

Inpatient rehabilitation services will provide care for people with brain and spinal cord injury, stroke, neurological and other conditions. Currently, VHC Health has 20 existing rehab beds For patients in the main campus. The plan is to increase the total number of beds in the new facility from 20 to 40. Providing more care to those in need to improve function and quality of life. Behavioral Wellness will consist of outpatient services and three in-person units: Adult Behavioral Health, Adolescent Behavioral Health, and Recovery and Wellness.

VHC Health plans to open its new facility in late 2023 or early 2024 and expects construction to be completed by late 2025.

The settlement is a letter of intent between the County and VHC Health. After a formal plan submission this spring, it will go through a regular public review process and final decisions, with approval for the plans and the sale of the property coming before the Arlington County Board for action.

About VHC Health

VHC Health provides exceptional medical services as our area’s community health system. Virginia Hospital Center was recently named a Top Teaching Hospital of 2021 by The Leapfrog Group. In 2022, the hospital was selected for its 11th consecutive HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ and 20th consecutive ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group. Virginia Hospital Center is a 453-bed non-profit teaching facility and has been designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® hospital. VHC Health is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network – a national network of independent healthcare organizations.

About Arlington County

Arlington VA., is a world-class residential, commercial and tourist destination that was originally part of a “10 mile square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the nation’s capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond ratings. Arlington maintains stable neighborhoods and a rich variety of quality schools, and has received numerous awards for smart growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the world’s most influential organizations – including the Pentagon – Arlington stands out
One of America’s premier places to live, travel and do business.

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