Behavioral Health Programs

The average stay at The Barry Robinson Center lasts 4-6 months. Because we are only in our residents’ lives for a short amount of time, we strive to make every interaction a therapeutic moment.

The work we do begins before admission and extends well beyond a resident’s discharge date. Before a child enters our facility we make sure our program is the very best fit for that child. If it’s not, we can recommend other resources in the community.

From the first day of treatment, we are planning for the residents’ discharge back home to the family, community and school. We work to make sure that transition is smooth and that parents are ready. We also plan the next steps after a discharge and follow-up to make sure all of our residents continue to receive the support and resources they need.

Our campus, located on the border of Virginia Beach and Norfolk, is open and inviting. Children walk to and from school, meals and therapies and often stop to talk or play with a friend. They spend their days with our trained and compassionate staff, including teachers, unit managers and therapists, all of whom truly care about our residents and are focused on providing loving, compassionate care.

Residents stay in small dorms that are decorated just like a child’s bedroom, with colorful murals on the wall and cozy common areas where kids can hang out, watch TV, read a book, work on a project or have group therapy sessions. There are no uniforms or scrubs. Children bring their own clothes and their own bedding, just like home.

The relationships that grow between residents and staff are the engine that drives our entire treatment program. Residents also learn to relate to and respect other children. Many of our residents have similar backgrounds and understand those shared experiences in ways their peers can’t. By learning and building social skills, residents see each other as individuals, not objects.

We are cheerleaders for our residents, always encouraging them to do their best and to challenge themselves. We identify each child’s talents and give him or her every opportunity to learn new skills and succeed, no matter what success may look like in any given situation. Sometimes it could be something as simple as learning that a basketball game doesn’t have to lead to a fight. With every interaction, no matter how big or small, we show our residents that they can approach life differently.

Learn about our different programs:

Children’s Program  Adolescent Program  Dual Diagnosis Program

TESTIMONIALS

One families story from crisis to hope. We are your typical American family; happily married parents, four kids, and a dog. In the early weeks of 2016, we found ourselves in a family crisis like none other we had …
Voices of Pride at The Memory Center What a great performance today by the Voices of Pride! Everyone really enjoyed the singing performance by the children.  The BRC children were respectful and helpful to the staff …
Hi Debbie: I hope you are well.  Thank you for following up with me last week.  I just want to let you know how much I appreciate the communication from The Barry Robinson Center.  My son was asking his dad and me …
Hello: I wanted to respond to your email once I arrived home and got situated. I had a wonderful trip. Everything couldn't have gone better if I had planned it. Every interaction that I had with staff, my time with my …
I want to thank you all. I have met a few families at the Ronald McDonald House staying there to tour Barry Robinson and I've told them how amazing you all have been and the amazing difference you've all made with my …
Good Morning: I am sitting at the airport in Virginia thinking about the wonderful weekend I spent with my daughter. It was not perfect, and started a bit rocky, but the recovery was quick which enabled us to spend …
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