Future Mental Health Building

CHKD's Mental Health Initiative

(757) 668-7525

In CHKD’s Community Health Needs Assessments in 2013, 2016 and 2019, experts and stakeholders from across CHKD’s service area said improving children’s access to mental health care was the region’s number one priority for children’s health.

In response, CHKD is ushering in a new era of mental health services for our region.

CHKD received state approval in 2018 to build a 60-bed mental health facility so children won’t have to spend days in emergency rooms awaiting inpatient psychiatric care.

The Statistics

Between 2015 and 2018, outpatient therapy visits and mental health consultations increased from 3,425 to more than 14,000.

The wait list for outpatient therapy is over 500 children.

Here is what we offer today:

Outpatient Services

Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Newport News.


Support of patients and families with co-occurring medical and mental health needs.

Crisis Evaluation Services

Staffed consistently, every day, every hour, via our emergency department.         

Tele-Mental Health

Currently serving one pediatric practice, with plans to expand to several more.

Where We Are Headed

CHKD is making a commitment of $224 million to create the state's premier pediatric mental health facility and program.

Our goals are simple, but big:

  • 60 inpatient beds
  • Partial hospitalization program
  • Intensive outpatient program
  • To expand outpatient treatments
  • To hire over 400 employees
  • To open our mental health facility in 2022

  • Interested in working at CHKD?

(757) 668-7525