Human Services

Mental Health Emergency Services


Suicide: Know the Warning Signs

If you or someone you know exhibits any of these signs, seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or by calling the 24 hour Arlington County Mental Health Emergency Service at 703-228-5160.

Emergency services provide immediate assistance to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. The goal is to prevent the crisis from worsening, relieve immediate distress and prevent individuals from harming themselves and/or others.

Services include assessment, crisis intervention and stabilization, short-term counseling, on-call psychiatric services and critical stress management services for individuals and families.

Pre-admission screening is provided for individuals who may require voluntary or involuntary hospitalization and/or who may require residential crisis stabilization at the Arlington Community Crisis and Emergency Stabilization Services (ACCESS) facility.


Anyone living, working or visiting Arlington experiencing a mental health emergency is eligible for services.

How to Apply

Call 703-228-5160 (24-Hour Emergency Line is 703-228-4256) or apply in person at:

Behavioral Healthcare
1725 N. George Mason Drive
Arlington, VA 22205

Documents Required

  • No documents required


Department of Human Services
Behavioral Healthcare Division

1725 N. George Mason Dr.
Arlington, VA 22205

Phone: 703-228-5160
Fax: 703-228-5234

TTY: 703-228-4612 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. / 703-228-4256 for 24-hour emergency

Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS)

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Last Modified: November 20, 2013
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