Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute (NVMHI) admitted our first patient in January, 1968. At that time, we were a 120 bed facility serving Northern Virginia with three inpatient units and six treatment teams. We also had a partial hospitalization program that ran weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. under the direction of our Psychology Department. Patients were admitted by the court system, on a walk-in basis, or by appointment. We admitted patients ages 14 and up, however in the mid 1980’s the admission age changed to 18 to 65 years old.
Today, Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute operates 134 beds with five inpatient units and nine treatment teams. It is a well-respected teaching hospital to the northern region of Virginia, bordering the District of Columbia and Maryland geographic area. To be eligible for services at NVMHI, an individual must be between the ages of 18 to 65, be court ordered for treatment or evaluation, or be in need of acute psychiatric treatment. Additionally the individual must reside in one of the five Community Services Board (CSB) districts in Northern Virginia (Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax –Falls Church, Loudoun, and Prince William). All admissions are pre-screened by the CSB in the person’s area of residence. We accept individuals on an involuntary, voluntary, and Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) forensic admission status. We also admit individuals from local Adult Detention Centers for the purposes of emergency psychiatric treatment, competency for stand trial evaluation, competency restoration services, and other court-ordered evaluations. NVMHI has been accredited since 1982 by the national accrediting agency, The Joint Commission.