Guide for Getting Help when you have a Mental Illness
- Birth Certificate
- Social Security Card
- Picture ID (get from DMV)
Bus System (Bus Routes can be obtained from the Williamsburg Library, 515 Scotland St), The transit systemoperates Monday through Saturday, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., from Memorial Day to Labor Day and operates Monday through Saturday, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. September through May.
Low cost fee, all day passes available.
Food Stamps and Medicaid
Go to the office located in the area where you live. To apply for food stamps only an appointment is necessary. Medicaid and Food Stamps can be applied for at the same time.
James City County Office
5249 Olde Towne Road
Williamsburg,Tel. 757 259-3100
401 Lafayette St.
Williamsburg,Tel. 757 220-6185
York County Office
301 Goodwin Neck Rd.
Seaford Tel 757 890-3787
Social Security Administration
11706 Jefferson Ave.
Newport News Tel. 757 873-3914
To apply for SSI or SSDI an appointment is necessary.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program to provide income to the disabled population. Eligibility is based on financial need and disability determination.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is for workers with disabilities who have paid into the Social Securitysystem through payroll deductions. Some individuals under age 22 with disabilities may collect SSDI under a parent’s account if the parent is retired, disabled, or deceased.
A Representative Payee is a family member, friend, or community advocate who receives a monthly SSI or SSDI check on behalf of the person diagnosed with a mental illness and helps him or her manage the money.
Assistance with Food, Counseling and Medication
Colonial Behavioral Health
1627 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, Tel. 757 220-3200
Service Area: James City County, Poquoson,Williamsburg and York County
Services: A mental health program providing individual therapy; adult substance abuse counseling; crisis services 24 hours per day , 7 days a week, psychiatric and psychological evaluations; and medication. No one is denied services based on their ability to pay; sliding scale is offered. Insurances are accepted.
Angel Food Ministries
Kings Way Church , 5000 John Tyler Highway
Williamsburg, 757 564-7929
Provides food once a month. Orders need to be placed in advance. Food stamps are accepted if arranged ahead of time.
312 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, Tel., 220-9379
Services: Provides emergency food, clothing, and some transportation for medical care. Proof must be shown that the client is in need of transportation. Available Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Grove Christian Outreach Center
8910-E Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg. Tel. 757 887-1100
Service Area: Grove, Busch Gardens-Lee Hall.
Proof of residency required.
Services: Food distribution, and clothes closet. Call ahead to get distribution times.
A Gift From Ben
309 Waltz Farm Dr., Williamsburg. Tel. 757 565-6414
Food distribution, Monday and Friday 3:30-5:00 p.m.
York County Church Women United Food Closet
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 300 Ella Taylor Road, Yorktown
Service Area: Poquoson, York County
Services: Free emergency food assistance. Proof of identification that confirms address or a piece of mail with name and address must be provided. Hours are: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
St. Bede’s Catholic Church Social Ministry
10 Harrison Avenue, Williamsburg, 757 253-0664
Services: Provide emergency non-perishable food .Open Monday and Wednesday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Center for Independent Living
2021 A Cunningham Drive, Suite 2
Hampton, 757 827-0275
Service Area: Williamsburg, James City County, York County, Poquoson, Hampton, Newport News, Counties of Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, Lancaster, Matthews and Middlesex
Services: Helps people with disabilities to become independent, set goals, make good decisions, budgeting self advocacy, assist with employment opportunities, assists with applying for benefits; provides individual and group counseling such as helping clients cope with having a disability; independent living skills; time management and decision making skills.
Community Action Agency
Historic Triangle Building-312 Waller Mill Road, Suite 405
Williamsburg, 757 229-9332
Service Area: James City County, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, York County
Services: Legal Outreach Program meets quarterly where attorneys come probono to talk with clients, and emergency housing.
151 Kristiansand Drive, Suite 109, Williamsburg,
Tel. 757 229-6551
Service Area: James City County, Williamsburg, the
Bruton District of York County.
Services: Open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Assistance with emergency food, rent, some medication costs, transportation, clothing and house-hold items. Counseling offered to prevent reoccurrence..
Referrals to other agencies to help connect with other community resources. Must be income eligible and provide verification of income. Life skills classes.
Some very limited housing available.
Substance Abuse Recovery Housing Program thru collaboration with HTSA.
United Way of Greater Williamsburg
312 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg
Service Area: James City County, Williamsburg, the
Bruton District of York County and surrounding areas.
Services: Community resource service and a help/crisis line. Provides referrals to other organizations and agencies for those needing assistance with mental health services, medication, utility assistance, homelessness food, clothing, transportation.
Barrett Transitional Home
Norfolk, Tel. 757 624-6990
For single women age 18-61
No drugs or alcohol for 90 days, free from mental hospital for 90 days. If working 50% of income from job is for Saving, 20% for programs. If looking for a job no cost.
Peninsula Rescue Mission
3700 Huntington Ave., Newport News, Tel 757 380-6909
Men only, 7-10 days stay, depends on availability.
Norfolk, 757 627-8686
For men and women, if not working stay is 15 days, if working the stay is 30 days.
National Alliance On Mental Illness Williamsburg
Williamsburg Area 757 220-8535
Service Area: James City County, Upper York County, Williamsburg and Poquoson.
National Alliance On Mental Illness Virginia
Service Area: New Kent County, Charles City County
Services: NAMI provides support, education, self help and advocacy. Some programs available at no cost or minimal are Family to Family Education Programs, Peer to Peer Programs, In Our Own Voice Programs. Support group meetings for family members and consumers are also available.
24-hour Crisis Line
COPE Crisis Hotline
Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula
Education, Training and Employment
Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
925 B Capitol Landing Rd., Williamsburg, 757 253-4817
Service Area: James City County, Williamsburg, YorkCounty
Services: Offers assistance to people with disabilities, so they may become more self-sufficient and independent. Provides rehabilitation in preparation of and training for gainful employment, including job coaching and follow along services.
Peninsula Work Force Center
5235 John Tyler Highway
Williamsburg, 757 253-4738
Services: Employment assistance services available to employers and those seeking full or part-time work.
Services include: a job bank, individualized job search. Assistance, customized assistance for those with disabilities, job search workshops, GED classes, resume updating, computer training classes.
Rita Welsh Adult Literacy Center
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg
Service Area: James City County, Williamsburg, Upper York County
Services: Provides free basic education to adults who have not graduated from high school. Offered to anyone who is 18 years old or older.
Service area: Those who are residents of or working in the Counties list above.
Disability Planning of Virginia
11528 Jefferson Ave., Tel. 757 595-5055
Service Area: Williamsburg, James City County, York County, Poquoson, Newport News, Hampton, Gloucester, Mathews, and parts of the Southside