Residential Program Center - serving Arlington County

1554 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

(703) 228-0022 Go To Website
Class of Housing/Services: Residential Program

General Information:
The Residential Program Center (RPC) provides three crucial services – non-medical detoxification, substance abuse recovery and housing services for single adults experiencing homelessness – all under one roof.   Within this unique program, a 12-bed detoxification unit provides social model detoxification services for up to 14 days; a 10-bed Early Recovery Unit provides intensive post-detoxification treatment services for up to three months; and a 44-bed homeless shelter provides housing-focused case management, education training, job training, referral services, behavioral health treatment services, and 12-step based meetings on-site.   Housed within Arlington County's Department of Human Services, our Diversion and Prevention Services offers linkage to emergency food, financial assistance, housing placement programs, other supportive services to prevent entrance into homelessness, and shelter as a last resort option. VOAC works closely to engage homeless households on finding the right, most affordable housing options. VOAC has worked closely with Arlington County and partner agencies to establish the unified shelter standards, taking part in the 1010 line, and is the lead agency for Prevention and Diversion programs. VOAC offers case management services to all clients and assists with developing an individualized plan to address financial stability, increasing employment, assessing for housing type, and assists with how clients can remain permanently housed.   Facility Description  RPC is located in Arlington County at 1554 Columbia Pike conveniently located off of 395 near the Air Force Memorial and the Pentagon.   Persons Served  RPC services are targeted towards adults experiencing homelessness for the Emergency Shelter or for households at-risk of experiencing homelessness for the Diversion/Prevention Services. Early Recovery and Non-Medical Detoxification services are designed to assist individuals suffering from addiction who desire a clean, safe, and healing environment to overcome the hold of substance abuse.   Services Provided  RPC is designed to provide supportive services to help each participant to increase and develop self-sufficiency in multiple areas such as housing, substance abuse, and mental health. Comprehensive case management is of primary importance and a case manager is assigned to each participant and is responsible for providing a comprehensive assessment of needs, ongoing support and coaching, as well as the formulation, implementation and management of an individualized service plans. Case management efforts are collaborative and client-focused in nature to ensure empowerment of the vulnerable populations we serve.   Housing/Shelter Services  The VOAC homeless services team is highly specialized, and assesses each client in the shelter and housing services programs on an ongoing basis. Each review assesses the services needed by each individual that will help ensure that they are positioned to not only obtain but also maintain permanent housing. In FY16, VOAC shifted its approach to service delivery to move from a traditional case management approach to a Housing Counselor Certifications and Program. Housing Counseling is offered to all households and increases the focus of obtaining and maintaining housing. As a complement to the programming provided, VOAC Housing Counselors work in partnership with the local community to link persons with access to primary care, oral health care, employment, training or educational activities, transportation programs and other resources uniquely required by each household served. A key piece of the initial client assessment is to identify the mainstream resources already being accessed by individuals while also assisting clients in accessing those services for which they may be eligible but are not currently receiving, such as Social Security Disability Insurance, Medicaid, Food Stamps, etc.   Another critical component of the team is a community case manager (CCM) position which work in the shelter and in the community once an individual finds housing. The purpose of the CCM is to provide case management to those who have moved into permanent housing, with the goal of maintaining a safe, stable environment. Assistance with employment, community resources, financial literacy, and life skills are offered to clients as they make the transition from homeless to being a renter. This position is critical during a client's adjustment into the community and continues with the goals on the Housing Stabilization Plan. The support and resources that are offered to clients during their first three months of housing can set the course for them to success and maintain a permanent home.   Substance Abuse Services  The RPC substance abuse unit consists of two programs including Detox and Early Recovery. The Detox Unit accepts clients with any alcohol and/or substance abuse problem, as the focus of treatment is alcohol and substance abuse education and support from peers and highly trained counseling staff. The Detox Unit accepts clients 24 hours a day, and clients can stay up to 14 days (with 10 days being the average length of stay). Clients normally complete a pre-screening, but walk-ins are accepted if space is available.   The Detox Unit is not a medical facility. The program uses the social model concept to assist clients in managing their detoxing process. As such, the criteria for admission requires a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) less than .33 or a positive urinalysis screen.   The alcohol and substance abuse program uses best practices as follows: Motivational Interviewing – an approach to help clients meet their stated needs; Co-occurring Capability – working with clients who have both alcohol and substance abuse and mental health issues; Stages of Change model, Self Help Group Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous; Acudetox Protocol – an acupuncture treatment therapy considered a best practices model in detox services. Peer Specialist Program with Arlington County Peer Group The focus of the Early Recovery Unit is to help clients embrace the beginnings of sober living by providing intensive residential treatment for a minimum of 90 days. Early Recovery clients participate in structured activities, family individual and group counseling, education and therapeutic support. In addition to the sober living concept, the clients are required to either obtain a job or an educational/ learning program while in treatment. All referrals for this program come via Arlington County Substance Abuse Services.


Helpful Definitions For Residential Program Center - serving Arlington County:
Emergency Homeless Shelters both provide short term relief for the homeless and low income persons. Usually there is a maximum stay of 3 months or less. Many of these shelters ask their clients to leave during the day. Meals and other supportive services are often offered. 3 times out of 5 these shelters offer their services free of charge.

How To Volunteer at Residential Program Center - serving Arlington County:
Be a volunteer. Call Residential Program Center - serving Arlington County at (703) 228-0022 for current volunteer work opportunities.

As A General Note About Listings: does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.

In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.

Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.

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