Eighteenth District Court Service Unit
Alexandria CSU

In addition to diversion, intake, probation, parole, restitution, investigations and mediation, the 18th District CSU administers the following programs/services:

  • Mental Health Services - provide individual and family counseling to indigent clients who are court-ordered into treatment and/or evaluation. In-house, locally funded therapists also conduct custody investigations.
  • Pre-Trial Services - provide monitoring and casework in lieu of detention for juveniles awaiting trial.
  • FOCUS - serves parents involved in custody and visitation cases. The program is designed to educate parents to help their children cope with issues connected to divorce and separation. FOCUS helps parents to reach their own parenting agreements and reduces the number of cases returning to court with further custody disputes.
  • Attendance Review Panel- works with representatives from Department of Community and Human Services, Police and Alexandria Public School system to inform parents and children of actions available under the law for truancy. The Panel identifies family assistance needed to eliminate the truancy problem and provides follow-up with monitoring services from school/community resources and case managers.
  • Substance Abuse - provides drug screening and assessments and individual/ group therapy for youth using illegal substances and/or alcohol, with locally funded, in-hours resources.
  • The Case Management and Life Skills Program - provides extra support and guidance to low and moderate risk youth referred from Intake and Probation. Program case workers provide one-on-one individualized lessons to youth to increase aptitude in areas including the following: social and communication skills, emotional skills, conflict resolution, coping skills, self-care, planning and goal-setting, career and vocational preparation, and skills to succeed in school and in the community. Youth and/or their families may be linked to services based on identified needs including mental health, employment, medical health, recreational programs, tutoring, mentoring, substance abuse treatment, and any other services deemed appropriate. The goal of the Case Management and Life Skills Program is to prevent future delinquency and help youth reach their potential.
  • Gang Prevention and Intervention – Alexandria’s coordinator provides support to CSU operations, coordinates local and regional prevention and intervention initiatives, staffs local and regional gang task forces and mentoring partnership, conducts community outreach and educational presentations, serves on the bully prevention task force and partners with Northern Virginia Family Services to provide an intervention and prevention program for youth at risk for becoming involved with gangs.
  • Shoplifting Prevention Program - targets youth with first-time petit larceny charges and educates participants about the consequences of shoplifting. Program components are a 6-hour offense-specific home study kit that includes audio lessons and a workbook and a 5 1/2 hour group session at the Alexandria Police Department that includes a locally produced shoplifting prevention video. The curriculum includes personal storytelling, alternatives to delinquent behavior, practicing problem-solving skills, education on shoplifting laws and graduated consequences, group discussion and apologies to the victims of theft. Youth under the age of 13 work one-on-one with a case manager to complete the program and do not attend the Saturday class. The majority of the class curriculum is based on the YES Youth Educational Shoplifting Program. To view the City of Alexandria-produced Shoplifting Prevention Video, click here.
  • Alexandria Mentoring Partnership – staffed by the CSU, is a consortium of 13 mentoring programs working to enhance and increase mentoring in the City by using best-practices and collective recruitment.
  • Space of Her Own, Inc. (SOHO), and its brother program, Space of His Own, is an award-winning organization committed to helping youth from low-income families avoid delinquency, live healthfully, communicate openly, progress academically and give back to others in order to lead fulfilling lives. SOHO’s creative mentoring provides preteen youth with one-on-one volunteer adult mentors to foster social, emotional, academic and creative enrichment. Youth engage through visual arts, carpentry and life skills classes, are provided with healthy meals and learn civic responsibility through community service. Mentors work with mentees to transform their bedrooms at the end of the program year, a lasting reminder of the endeavor to build bright futures. For more information, please visit http://www.spaceofherown.org.

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Mike Mackey
Admin Assistant:
Vyvyonne Dilbert (703) 746-4144
520 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 746-4144
(703) 838-6492
8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.



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