Meet the Intensive Outpatient Program Team  

The Barry Robinson Center’s new Intensive Outpatient Program serves teens facing challenges with mental health disorders and co-occurring substance abuse, with several key people working hard to help these teens on the road to recovery.

If you’d like to learn more about the program, call 800-221-1995 or 757-455-6100 to speak with one of our team members.

Intensive Outpatient Program Team
Intensive Outpatient Program Team – from left, Deb Thomasson, Katrice Stancil and Rachel Baines

Katrice M. Stancil, Director of Community Based Services

For more than 16 years, Katrice has served in multiple roles in the behavioral health field. She’s responsible for developing and overseeing all community based programming for the Center. She has plans to enhance services as well as develop education and training for parents. Katrice is also focused on building partnerships with human services staff, schools and other community partners.

Prior to joining the Center, she served as program director for a local faith-based non-profit organization that assisted children with various needs. She also coordinated the organization’s volunteer program. Katrice has helped local charity foundations organizing youth empowerment programs and events to promote excellence in academics and athletics.

Originally from Portsmouth, Virginia, Katrice is a life-long resident of Hampton Roads and currently lives in Virginia Beach with her husband and children. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Strayer University and plans to attend Old Dominion University next year to obtain her master’s degree.

Rachel Baines, M.S.W., Substance Abuse Counselor

One of the newest members of the Center’s team, Rachel joined The Barry Robinson Center in 2017. Since 2008, she has been working in the mental health field, beginning her career by providing therapy to at-risk youth and their families in their homes.

Prior to coming to the Center, Rachel worked at Newport News Adult Drug Court conducting assessments and facilitating groups and individual therapy to clients suffering from addiction. During this time, she began receiving clinical supervision towards certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor, and plans to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Rachel is from Chesapeake, Virginia, and received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Social Work from Norfolk State University.

Deborah S. Thomasson, Program Manager for Community Based Services

Deb’s new role as with the Center began in early 2017 assisting with program development. Currently, she is responsible for the coordination of daily operations for the Center’s Community Based Services.

A member of the team since 2011, Deb joined the Center as office manager of the previous Community Living Programs, which included foster care, independent living programs and group homes. In 2013, she received a promotion to admissions manager for the Center’s residential treatment program where she successfully managed admissions and office functions with impeccable customer service skills.

Besides her familiarity with all of the Center’s programs, Deb’s commitment to providing excellent customer service to referral sources and clients and her strong organizational skills uniquely equips her to provide dynamic support for the program.

Acknowledging the Problem, Moving Toward Recovery – Intensive Outpatient Program Update

For teens struggling with mental health illness and substance abuse, recovery from substance abuse typically involves small steps of progress, starting with acknowledgment that a problem exists.

In October, the first client completed The Barry Robinson Center’s new Intensive Outpatient Services program that promotes recovery and relapse prevention for teens with mental health diagnoses and substance abuse issues.

Rachel Baines, MSW, Substance Abuse Counselor
Rachel Baines, MSW, Substance Abuse Counselor

In the words of this first client, the top three takeaways from the program are:

“Admitting and realizing that I have/had a problem, that relapse can happen no matter how strong you are or how long you have gone without using, and knowing that I have to cut off some people, places and things even though I don’t want to if I want to stay clean.”

Currently, about 10 teens are participating in the program, attending group sessions three times a week. Additional referrals are coming in, and the staff will be enrolling more participants over the coming weeks.

“This feedback from our first client shows that our program works. It was important to hear the group members are learning and retaining the information, because it’s a lot,” said Rachel Baines, MSW, substance abuse counselor. “Each member shared parting, encouraging words with the client as we closed the session. It was so amazing and therapeutic! My goal is to do this with each member when they graduate from the program.”

The Center’s adolescent dual-diagnosis outpatient program launched in July, and is the first program of its kind in southeastern Virginia. The program provides holistic treatment for adolescents with diagnoses including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD and who use drugs or alcohol.

The proven therapeutic approach focuses on cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention and skill building. Teens attend the program for 9-12 weeks, depending on need. The Center also provides discharge planning services to ensure teens have appropriate support services after completing the program.

The Barry Robinson Center accepts most commercial insurances, as well as TRICARE and Medicaid, for the intensive Outpatient Program. Call 800-221-1995 or 757-455-6100 for more information.

New Military Liaison Brings Keen Understanding of Military Families

Katie Ross, Military Liaison
Katie Ross, MSW, Military Liaison Photo Credit: Leah Ariel Photography

In communities with a strong military presence, it’s important for any organization’s military liaison to connect with the military community at an authentic level. And, it’s even more critical when the organization is serving children and teens with mental health diagnoses.

Katie Ross, MSW, The Barry Robinson Center’s new military liaison, brings a wealth of understanding that comes from growing up in a career military family, marrying a career military service member and working with military groups for many years. Serving as an ombudsman for her husband’s command also reinforces Ross’ keen understanding of military families.

Ross joined the Center in September as associate director of business development for Hampton Roads, Richmond and northeastern North Carolina.

“I’ll be focusing on outreach to our military community, mental health professionals and families to help them understand The Barry Robinson Center as a resource – how we can help their children and be a liaison for them to meet their needs,” Ross said. “With about 70 percent of our residents connected to the military, we empathize with their challenges, and we help families recover and children be successful.”

Ross earned a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Norfolk State University and completed a clinical residency at the Hampton VA Medical Center. During the residency, she provided psychosocial assessments, as well as individual psychotherapy in the military sexual trauma program, group therapy for veterans with recent suicide attempts, and set up the VA’s Intimate Partner Violence program.

During her transition to The Barry Robinson Center and learning about its psychiatric residential treatment for youth, Ross said she has enjoyed spending time with the children and teens. As a mom of two, she values time to listen to children and hear what’s on their minds.

“My first two weeks, I ate lunch with the kids every day and really enjoyed getting to know them,” she said. “I’m impressed that they can still find joy and be lighthearted even when they’ve experienced trauma. They are not defined by their experiences. You can hear their hope and confidence, which shows the treatment program is helping them achieve a healthy, happy life.”

Ross also possesses an extensive non-profit background, which aligns with the Center’s non-profit mission. Previously, she served as a nationwide program manager and outreach coordinator for Give an Hour, which offers free mental health care for the military community and disaster response. Part of her role with Give an Hour involved developing a military spouse mental health professional network that grew to about 1,000 members, pooling resources and lobbying for policy changes to provide more reciprocity for licensure requirements among states.

Mermaid Tales from Mermaid Hales

Mermaid Hales reads
Mermaid Hales reads to children at The Barry Robinson Center.

It’s not every day that a mermaid comes to visit the campus, but children at The Barry Robinson Center gathered around Mermaid Hales on Monday, September 11, for an undersea look at how they can help keep the environment clean.

Mermaid Hales travels throughout the Virginia Beach and Norfolk region, sharing stories written by Daniel R. Ford, a local children’s book author. The children enjoyed hearing her read, The Marlin and the Mermaid “Investigate the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.”

Earlier in the summer, Ford visited the campus and read his first book, Marlin and the Mermaid “Help Save the Bay.” The rhyming book, targeting students in grades K-4, takes readers on a journey in the Chesapeake Bay to find the source of pollution in the water.

From the children’s response, it’s clear many of them appreciate the environment and know how they can help protect it. Mermaid Hales engaged the children in lively discussion about picking up trash and recycling.

“Our students were excited about the reading program,” said Julie Carey, assistant director of education. “Overall, they enjoyed the story and were very  engaged during the reduce, reuse and recycle discussion.”

While the children shared a healthy ocean-themed parfait created by The Center’s dietitian Paula Livernois especially for the event, Mermaid Hales read another story. The Brave Mermaid, written by her friend from Hawaii, Mermaid Kariel, taught important lessons about letting go of fears and sharing talents with others.

Bringing guests to campus to interact with residents is an important aspect of The Center’s education program. Enrichment activities such as guest readers give the children opportunities to learn and to reinforce listening and group participation skills.

Hurricane Irma Protocols

Dear BRC Families,

Impacts to VA, MD and Eastern NC will depend on the storm track, but at this time expected impacts from wind and rain remain limited. Minor tidal flooding is possible late this weekend increasing into early next week due to the long period east swell and easterly winds. Heaviest rain from Hurricane Irma will remain primarily along and east of the storm track. Rain chances increase from south to north Monday and persist through the evening and into Tuesday. Highest rainfall totals will be in the west and least in the northeast. Rain chances will persist through mid-week as Irma stalls, weakens and eventually turn east. Exact rainfall amounts and impacts continue to trend down, but could change with later forecasts.

General Protocols for Natural Disasters are as followed:

  • We want to share our plans for Storm preparation, as the safety of your child is our top priority.
  • We are receiving regular weather forecast updates and meeting daily to review preparation plans.
  • We have food, water, and supplies on hand for 3 days.
  • We have a backup generator in the case that we lose power. When power goes out, hospitals are given priority in terms of getting power back on.  We share the electric grid with the Sentara Hospital across the street, so our power is usually brought back up quickly.
  • We are having “drills” to prepare the children should we have to move them to higher ground.
  • In the event that water levels rise, we have plans to evacuate to the second level of the education and clinical buildings.
  • Plans include having activities and entertainment available for the children.
  • In the highly unlikely event that we have to evacuate the campus, we will follow the Norfolk Emergency Management Plan instructions about where to re-locate. We have made sure we have enough vehicles for transportation.
  • We have staff standing by prepared to come in. We have hotel rooms close by reserved for staff in case roads are closed.
  • We have staff that has been through storm events at RTCs in past years.
  • The storm may knock out our phones, or our phones may be extremely busy with parents calling in.
  • Know that your children will be protected and cared for as if they were our own, and we will update you as we can via our website.

Contact Information below. Refer to your dorm contact list to reach children and direct care staff.

Rob McCartney, Chief Executive Officer
Contact # 757-510-1227

Charlene Hoobler, Chief Operations Officer
Contact # 512-422-7095

Justin Hoover, Director of Operation
Contact # 757-362-8343

New Intensive Outpatient Program

Helps Teens with Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Issues

Teens struggling with mental illness and substance abuse have a new source of help, thanks to The Barry Robinson Center, which opened an adolescent dual-diagnosis outpatient program Monday, July 17. The first program of its kind in southeastern Virginia can put teens on a path to healing and recovery at a time when the problem of substance abuse continues to increase.

Members of the regional behavioral health community received a preview of this comprehensive new program at an open house at the Center last week. Dozens of people learned about the program and met the team of professionals who will be working with participants.

“This program is absolutely needed in our community, and it’s long overdue,” said Lucy M. Kooiman, administrative director for Behavioral Medicine Services at Bon Secours Maryview Behavioral Medicine Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, which offers short-term inpatient care for adolescents. “Our average length of stay is just a few days, and until now, we had nowhere to send these kids after discharge. The Barry Robinson Center program is an extension of care, and we’re very excited to have this available.”

The Barry Robinson Center’s intensive outpatient program provides holistic treatment for adolescents with diagnoses including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD and who use drugs or alcohol.

“Our program’s proven therapeutic approach uses Co-Occurring Disorder Groups focusing on cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention and skill building,” said Katrice Stancil, the Center’s director of community-based services. “We’re helping our participants develop skills that promote recovery and wellness. “

Teens attend the program three hours daily for three days each week, for 9-12 weeks, depending on need. The program also includes discharge planning to ensure teens have appropriate support services after completing the program.

Call The Barry Robinson Center at 800-221-1995 or 757-455-6100 for more information.