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The Barry Robinson Center

Premier Behavioral Health Center for Children

For more than 85 years, The Barry Robinson Center has been improving the lives of children and families. The Center offers a residential treatment program for boys and girls, ages 6-17, with mental health issues, including a dual diagnosis program for teens with substance use issues. The Center also offers community based services including an outpatient substance use program for teens and a treatment foster care program.

Children and teens from military-connected families will find a supportive community at The Center. Our treatment programs have been designed to help children and teens from military-connected families find understanding and acceptance, which contributes to their success in treatment. Many of our employees served in the military, and we are committed to training all employees in military lifestyle and culture.

The Center provides a holistic environment that sets children, teens and families on the path to healing. Our staff includes qualified and compassionate therapists, teachers, counselors, doctors, nurses and dietitians. Our 32-acre open college-like campus on the border of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia, combines modern residential facilities with several original colonial-style buildings dating to 1933. This combination makes it one of the most beautiful and unique residential treatment centers in the region. Our campus provides a safe and serene setting for programs designed to help youth and their families overcome emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Upcoming Events

february 2020

15feb9:00 am12:00 pmHidden In Plain Sight9:00 am – 12:00 pm St. Patrick Catholic School, 1000 Bolling Avenue

april 2020

23apr8:30 am3:30 pmCharlie Mike Training Seminar8:30 am – 3:30 pm Delta by Marriott, 725 Woodlake Drive

Residential Treatment

Residential Treatment

See how our Residential Treatment programs, therapies and services help children and adolescents succeed in their treatment plans.

Foster Care

Treatment Foster Care

Learn about our treatment foster care program and foster parent training.

Refer a Child

Refer a Child

If you know a child in need of Residential Treatment and Substance Abuse Services in the Hampton Roads area, take the next step and fill out our referral form.

Substance Use

Substance Use

Our comprehensive outpatient program provides holistic treatment for adolescents with mental health diagnoses and who use drugs or alcohol.


Join Our Team!

Our employees are at the heart of our mission at The Barry Robinson Center. Our team-oriented environment empowers our employees to work together to provide outstanding care for residents.



I just wanted to write and say THANK YOU so much for helping me with my daughter and her transition to The Barry Robinson Center. Ever since my first talk with you on the phone, I continue to be impressed with the kindness and professionalism of you and all your co-workers. After having my first session with my daughter today, I am so fortunate that she has a place at The BRC and am hopeful that she will be able to get better.


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What They're Saying

I wish I knew how to better express my heartfelt gratitude and the indebtedness I feel towards you. You believed in my son when no one else did. You saw the good in him when no one else could see past the outbursts and destruction. You showed him and me a better way to communicate, …

I know our journey is far from over in this battle with mental health, but I am forever grateful to you and your staff for helping us out of crisis mode and giving us hope for a future. I know each employee plays a part in making BRC what it is for all the children. …

My wife and I write this letter of reference for The Barry Robinson Center expressing our complete support for their therapeutic services provided to children and adolescents dealing emotional and mental conditions requiring long term residential care. The Barry Robinson Center saw our son as an individual and designed tailored and unique treatment, education, social …

We can’t thank you all enough for how seamless you made the whole process. From the moment we started our interactions with BRC we have felt extremely well-cared for and important. We did not feel as though our son was “just another admission” but got the distinct impression he was already valued before he even …

We’ll be there in the morning. Can’t wait to bring our son home!! Thank you so much for everything. I feel like I have my sweet little boy back.

I want to thank you for the warm welcome you and your staff gave my family yesterday. The professionalism and understanding of a difficult transition really helped. My family has experienced many such events, and this was by far the most reassuring. It left us with great hope for our child’s future.

We were tremendously impressed and ultimately picked BRC because of your rapid and thorough intake. Thank you so much for all that you do!

My daughter, a former BRC resident, has been doing an amazing job since she has returned home. Her teachers have made comments that it is a complete change, for the good. She is entering high school this year and was accepted into the BioMed program. She is also going to try out for the school …

Dear Mr. McCartney, Our child has been at The Barry Robinson Center for two months. I want to first thank Ms. Laura Cheney for taking the chance and admitting my daughter one day after I called her. I was frantic to find a place, and Laura put my mind to rest. BRC has always been …

Colonel, U.S. Army

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 some quality time together. Thank you for enabling me to visit her. Without help for the flight and …

I want to thank you all. I have met a few families at the Ronald McDonald House staying there to tour The Barry Robinson Center and I’ve told them how amazing you all have been and the amazing difference you’ve made with my daughter. I love how everyone from the dorm staff, therapist, doctors, administrators, and …

Dear Mr. McCartney, I’ve sat for weeks now, writing, deleting, and rewriting this letter to you. Because how does someone convey in words, what can never truly convey? Let me start at the beginning… My son was bed-to-bed transferred from Maryview to The Barry Robinson Center in November after exceedingly elevated behaviors that left me …

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 daughter…just everything. I can’t thank you enough for the care you have given her and …

I just want to let you know how much I appreciate the communication from The Barry Robinson Center. It makes me happy that I am able to feel comfortable calling Rodney and asking these questions, getting his perspective/insight, and most of all his support. He is very honest and knowledgeable. I get the sense that he …

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 and residents at The Memory Center. Furthermore, Ms. King is so organized and directed everyone so well. Ms. King is right when she said music brings us …

Just made it home a little while ago. Stayed through visiting hours and had a chance to just sit at the picnic benches and really visit with my daughter for a long time. First real visit we have had with her in months without the stress of her environment too. Really appreciated and enjoyed so …

One family’s 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 faced. We did what we do best, we started asking questions and seeking assistance. We were …

Dear Laura, I just wanted to write and say THANK YOU so very much for helping me with my daughter and her transition to The Barry Robinson Center. Ever since my first talk with you on the phone, I was- and continue to be- impressed with the kindness and professionalism of you and all your …

We just wanted to take a moment to thank you and the BRC staff for all of their help with our son. First and foremost, we thank Mr. Otis Bynum. Otis was very astute at sensing what our son was feeling, and Otis helped him to take off the mask of anger and indifference, enabling …

Mr. McCartney

BRC not only changes the lives of their residents, but they change the lives of their entire families! I’m so grateful for the support and changes that you have helped facilitate in our lives. BRC is a very special place, and I will always be grateful for what you have done for us.

Grateful Parent

The Rise Program has benefited me very much. It has shown me valuable life skills thanks to Mr. Burke and Mrs. Sykes. I have a lot more knowledge about electronics and cabling thanks to Mr. Jones too. I would recommend that this program be continued and funded so that they can enlighten more young minds …

Former Resident

I just want to take the time to express what I think is important about what I’ve learned in the Rise Program. Since I have started this program I have had a positive outlook on some things in my life that I needed help understanding. Also, I learned that success starts with me. Everything I …

Former Resident