About Right Help Right Now

Governor Youngkin created Right Help Right Now to reform our current behavioral health system in Virginia and support individuals in crisis. The goal of Right Help Right Now is to support Virginians before, during, and after a behavioral health crisis occurs. The Right Help Right Now plan aims to ensure that there will be same-day care delivered through mobile crisis units and crisis centers in order to reduce overcrowding at emergency departments. By doing so, there will be less strain on law enforcement who can instead better serve the communities where they are needed. This will also serve to reduce the criminalization of mental health in Virginia. The Right Help Right Now plan includes specialized resources for individuals with substance use disorders or who have high risks of overdosing. Virginians should have immediate access to all the resources they need anytime and anywhere. The Right Help Right Now plan will transform the behavioral health system and make Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

Recent Updates

Community Services Boards (CSBs)

Pursuant to Virginia Code § 37.2-500, every county or city shall establish a community services board that will offer core services including:

  • Emergency services
  • Same-day mental health screenings
  • Outpatient primary care Case management services
  • Mental health, developmental, and substance abuse services

CSBs/BHAs provide community-based behavioral health and developmental services to individuals in their communities, including 24 hour-a-day response to psychiatric emergencies; support for children, adults, and older adults with specific needs; residential support, outpatient services, professional development training, and day support service needs of individuals with severe mental illness; and much more.

To access these resources, please find your local CSB/BHA using this Community Service Board directory.

Additional Resources

If you are struggling with a mental health crisis or behavioral health-related emergency and need immediate help, please call, text, or chat 988. Health experts are available 24/7 with confidential crisis support.

If you are in an emergency that requires an ambulance, fire, or police response, please call 911.

Free, 24/7, confidential support is a call away. The Veterans Crisis Line can help even if you’re not enrolled in VA benefits or health care.