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At the Villa, we believe that education, healing, and growth all start from seeing the whole person. We serve children, adults, and families throughout Central Virginia – and we’re passionate about helping them live fuller, more independent lives. No matter what, we never stop believing in them.

Our goal is to provide you and your family with swift access to personalized services that meet your needs. Please contact our Admissions Office with any questions at 804-553-3241 or send us an email. We look forward to speaking with you!

Education Services | Developmental Disabilities Services | Community Based Mental Health Services | Outpatient Counseling | Crisis Stabilization Unit | Housing & Homeless Services

Education Services

Dooley School

A K-12 school providing academic and behavioral education for students with emotional, learning, and intellectual disabilities. Counselors on staff help students develop self-esteem, learn how to build relationships, and be successful in their community.

Categories Served

Autism, Developmental Delay, Emotional Disability, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impaired, Specific Learning Disability, and Speech or Language Impairment

Eligibility Criteria

  • Current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) with private day selected under Least Restrictive Environment
  • Standards of Learning (SOL)/Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) tract, IEP category reflected in Categories Served

Admissions Steps

  1. The initial referral is received from the student’s public school/Local Education Agency (LEA); documents are reviewed for appropriate school placement.
  2. The Villa’s Admissions Office contacts the family to discuss the student and school, and set a tour date.
  3. School tour with Guardian(s) and student, registration packet given.
  4. School system contacted for additional required records and status update.
  5. Placement decision made and relayed when all required records have been received and reviewed.

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Dooley Center for Alternative Education

Academic and behavioral education to help middle and high school students on long-term suspension transition back to their public schools.

Categories Served

Henrico, Hanover, and City of Richmond non-special education students that have been long-term suspended or expelled

Admissions Steps

  1. Disciplinary letter received (referral) from school system.
  2. Family makes contact with St. Joseph’s Villa Admissions Office to set orientation.
  3. Orientation and registration packet completed and start date set.

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Developmental Disabilities Services

Sarah Dooley Center for Autism

Academic and behavioral education for students ages 5 to 22, focusing on building life skills that lead to greater independence and successful transitions to adulthood. Services are based on best-practice Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) methodologies.

Categories Served

Autism, Developmental Delay, Emotional Disability, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Other Health Impaired, and Speech or Language Impairment

Eligibility Criteria

  • Current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) with private day selected under Least Restrictive Environment
  • Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) tract, IEP category reflected in Categories Served, Extended School Year selected on current IEP

Admissions Steps

  1. The initial referral is received from the student’s public school/Local Education Agency (LEA); documents are reviewed for appropriate school placement
  2. Family contacted, school and student discussed with tour date & time set
  3. School tour with Guardian(s) and student, registration packet given
  4. School system contacted for additional required records and status update
  5. Placement decision made and relayed when all required records have been received and reviewed

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Day Support (Youth and Adult Programs)

Comprehensive services to help individual with autism or intellectual disabilities build social and daily living skills, engage their community, and expand social supports.

Categories Served

Intellectual Disability (ID) and/or Developmental Disability (DD)

Eligibility Criteria

Individuals must have the ID/DD Medicaid Waiver and/or pay out of pocket option.

Admissions Steps

  1. Initial referral is received.
  2. Waiver eligibility is confirmed.
  3. Guardian and/or Community Services Board (CSB) case manager is contacted to set up a tour.
  4. Tour takes place, application is provided.
  5. Placement decision is made by service after application is received and reviewed.

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Community Based Mental Health Services

Intensive In-Home

Support, guidance and skills training to create stability for children at risk of being removed from their home due to severe behavioral issues.

Mental Health Skill Building

Supportive case management to help individuals with emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues achieve stability, independence, and success in their community.

Outpatient Behavioral Therapy

Clinic and home-based therapy, training and support for children with autism who have behavioral challenges, communication limitations or intellectual disabilities.

Eligibility Criteria

Clients must be enrolled in Medicaid Insurance to receive Community Based Services at this time.

Admission Steps

  1. Referral is received and initial contact is made by Admissions Office to gather client information.
  2. Insurance eligibility is verified and referral is sent to service-specific team.
  3. Referral is assigned to a clinician to set up preliminary assessment.

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Outpatient Counseling Services

Confidential counseling in individual and group settings to help people experiencing emotional, social, and coping difficulties improve their daily lives.

Admission Steps

  1. Referral is received and initial contact is made by Admissions Office to gather client information.
  2. Insurance eligibility is verified and referral is sent to service-specific team.
  3. Based on eligibility and availability, a clinician is selected and notified of the new case.
  4. If needed, an appointment is set for assistance completing registration paperwork. Client must provide a copy of driver’s license (if applicable) and both sides of insurance card.
  5. Initial session/assessment is scheduled, and clinician is notified.
  6. All future contacts/sessions will be directly scheduled between the client and clinician.

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Crisis Stabilization Unit

An 8-bed facility operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on our campus. The CSU serves children ages 5 to 17 in mental health crisis, and their families, to prevent hospitalization.

Referrals: Contact the 24 Hour Call Center at 804-874-9119.

All prescreening packets may be faxed to 804-955-4240.

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Housing & Homeless Services

Help for homeless individuals and families throughout the Greater Richmond and Tri-Cities regions to obtain safe, permanent rental housing as quickly as possible. Integrated support services, including employment training and budgeting assistance, are provided as needed.

Greater Richmond: If you are homeless or will lose housing in the next three days, call the Housing Connection Line at 804-972-0813.

Tri-Cities: If you are homeless or facing a housing crisis, call the Housing Resource Center in Petersburg at 804-722-1181. Callers are strongly encouraged to leave a message with contact information. All calls will be returned within 24 hours or the next business day.

 

Recent News

Adam Dreyfus

Adam Dreyfus, Center for Autism Senior Director, appointed to Virginia Board of Education Special Education Advisory Committee

St. Joseph's Villa congratulates Adam Dreyfus, Senior Director of the Villa's Sarah Dooley Center for Autism, on his appointment to serve on the Board of Education's State Special Education Advisory

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Our Villa Garden will celebrate its 10th anniversary in October. Thanks to support from our community partners and volunteers, each season has seen the garden expand as an ever-changing therapeutic

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