Advisory Council of the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, Inc.
The Department of Psychiatry, VCUHS
P.O. Box 980489
Richmond VA 23298-0489
Mission Statement
We are your friends, your neighbors and colleagues working together to enhance the mission of the Virginia Treatment Center for Children and pediatric mental health through advocacy, public education, and program support. We are volunteers that share a common goal – Ensuring the best and brightest future for children with mental illness and their families.
Web and Social Media
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Alexandria Lewis
Board Chair Rachel Reynolds
Board Chair Company Affiliation Commonwealth Autism
Contact Information
Address The Department of Psychiatry, VCUHS
P.O. Box 980489
Richmond, VA 232980489
Telephone 804 828-1123
Fax 804 828-9879
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1989
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $145,250.00
Projected Expenses $120,500.00
We are your friends, your neighbors and colleagues working together to enhance the mission of the Virginia Treatment Center for Children and pediatric mental health through advocacy, public education, and program support. We are volunteers that share a common goal – Ensuring the best and brightest future for children with mental illness and their families.
Promote: The Advisory Council serves as a statewide voice to improve public understanding of child and family mental health issues.
Provide: Financial and in-kind support is provided by the Advisory Council to enhance the programs and services of VTCC.
Pursue: The Advisory Council monitors state and national childhood mental health issues and pursues development of a broad range of services for children and families.
In 2010 -2011, the VTCC AC provided financial and volunteer support to various mental health programs in Central Virginia.  The most notable is a collaboration between 15 nonprofits in children's mental health, including the Virginia Treatment Center for Children at VCUHS. This collaboration is called the Child Mental Health Resource Center (CMHRC).  CMHRC will serve as a comprehensive resource for families of children affected by mental, emotional or behavioral disorders, as well as professionals who serve this population. Administrative oversight for CMHRC is provided by the Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) in the Department of Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.
The Advisory Council invites supporters to:
  1. Join our team. Please call us to find out how to volunteer your time   to help children conquer mental illness across VA.
  2. Donate funds for a new facility.  The VTCC is over 50 years old. Please consider a gift to support programs, faculty and a new facility for the children & families suffering from mental health issues across Virginia.  Call Rupa Murthy at 804.628.2878 to find out more about helping to build the best facility for Virginia's children.
  3. Support the Child Mental Health Resource Center as it grows! This "one stop shop" or Navigations system for children and their families is LONG over due in our region. Please consider a monetary donation to help fund this much needed resource in the Metro area.
  4. Donate toys, clothes and other gifts to reward great behavior and outcomes that our acute patients accomplish daily.  We have a very specific wish list, so please call us to find out more.
Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1956 with a three-part mission: clinical care, research, and training in child and adolescent mental health throughout the Commonwealth.

In 1991, VTCC became the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division in the Department of Psychiatry at the VCU Medical Center . Today, VTCC continues its mission of service, research, and training and is a leading provider of child and adolescent mental health services in Virginia .
CEO Statement The Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) was established in 1956 by legislative mandate to address the critical shortage of resources in child and adolescent behavioral health. The General Assembly laid out a three-part mission of Service Delivery, Research and Training to provide and enhance mental health services for children and adolescents in the Commonwealth. 

After six years, VTCC opened as an acute care child and adolescent psychiatric hospital in 1962, operated by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services from 1962 until 1991. It then became the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of the Department of Psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)Medical Center. 

In 2008, the Virginia Treatment Center for Children brought together child mental health providers, family support organizations, and other key stakeholders in the child mental health community. This group assessed the unmet needs in the Greater Richmond area and developed a strategy for improving access to mental health services and supports for children and their families. Out of the needs identified by this group, the Children’s Mental Health Resource Center (CMHRC) was born. 

The CMHRC addresses the issues of :

· The number of young people and their families struggling with mental health issues and unable to identify or access appropriate services in a timely manner

· The difficulty in navigating the current child mental health system

·  The lack of resources and training to provide programs that operate using “evidence-based practices”

·  The lack of integration between children’s mental health and primary health care

Challenges can be addressed through your efforts. Private giving is needed to fund the education and consultation to pediatricians, especially since these services are not reimbursed by insurance companies or other public plans (Medicare, Medicaid). Volunteers help us to identify new resources and outreach to communities. Your contacts help us to reach out to new partners so they are aware of the services offered through VTCC and the Children’s Mental Health Resource Center. 

Board Chair Statement


Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Virginia

The chronic underfunding of child, adolescent and family mental health services, and a related undersupply of specialized clinicians creates a scarcity of children's mental health services around the Commonwealth.

  • 202,000 children in Virginia suffer from a mental health disorder causing significant functional impairment.
  • Virginia ranks 12th among the 50 states in per capita income, but 37th in per capita spending on mental health.
  • 24% of  Virginia's population is under the age 18, but only 10% of the state's expenditures on mental health go to children and adolescents.
  • There is a severe shortage of Board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists nationally and in Virginia .

There is little doubt that the state of mental health for children in Virginia - and across the nation - is appalling. But one organization is taking the lead in addressing this critical shortfall – The Virginia Treatment Center for Children at VCU Medical Center .

We invite you to learn more and join us in this important endeavor – helping children soar above the challenges of mental illness and take flight toward a healthy future.
Gleness Knauer
President, Advisory Council of the VTCC
Areas of Service
Areas Served
  • Training the next generation of mental health providers through VCU
  • On the brink of discovery, collaborating with researchers from VCU, the Commonwealth & the nation
  • Treating 4,000+ Virginia patients annually. Many from areas where services are unavailable. With the right resources, have the ability to touch pediatricians, primary care physicians, educators, counselors and families 
  • Serving children from Winchester to the Eastern Shore - 60% of  patients are from the Central Virginia area
Board Chair
Board Chair Rachel Reynolds
Company Affiliation Commonwealth Autism
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Board of Directors
Board Members
Ms. Helene Bradshaw Community Volunteer
Mrs. Susan Dubuque Neathawke, Dubuque and Packett
Dr. James Evans Community Volunteer
Mr. Bank Greene Community Volunteer
Ms. Pat Hammond Retired librarian
Mr. Thomas Leahy Beacon Tree
Mr. Jim Martinez DBHDS
Mrs. Ann Parker Maust New Visions, New Ventures
Ms. Caren Phipps Community Volunteer
Mr. Bradley Purcell Consultant
Ms. Donna Schurman Housing Specialist
Mrs. Donna Wenzel Community Volunteer
Mrs. Kathy Wirtala Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 9
Board Term Lengths 8
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Our board is considering moving toward a committee structure that would entrust most Advisory Council initiatives to specific work area committees headed by a committee chair.  All committee chairs would coordinate Council affairs as am executive committee.
Executive Director
Executive Director Dr. Alexandria Lewis

Bob Cohen’s deep commitment and passion that have been the hallmarks of his career make him unwilling to consider retirement. Instead, he says he is “repositioning” himself to stay involved in the work he loves, but also make time for other things.

Cohen’s career began as a psychology doctoral candidate in New York, looking for a way to use what he was studying and apply it at the community or organizational level. “I wanted to reach more than just one person at a time,” Cohen explains. This desire landed him first as the director of the Institute for Community Psychology at Syracuse, then as an Associate Commissioner in the New York State Office of Mental Health, and ultimately at VCU, where he is now Executive Director of the VTCC and a key player in the development of the fledgling Children’s Mental Health Resource Center.

Although he shies away from using the term “legacy,” Cohen acknowledges that he has a long list of accomplishments since coming to the VTCC in 1984. When asked about it, he mentions his role in developing a blueprint for a comprehensive mental health system in Virginia, the fulfilling relationships he has had with his colleagues and children, and developing the VTCC as an exemplary treatment center, but ultimately it is his creativity and collaboration that he cites as his greatest achievements. “What I feel proud about has been our ability to collectively understand where we are and look ahead to where we are going, and working together to create good policies and treatments that will anticipate those needs,” says Cohen.

One only needs to look at the CMHRC to see where Cohen’s commitment to creativity and collaboration has gotten him.
After years working to secure grant funding, develop sound policies, and identify the needs of the children and families, the Resource Center is now beginning to provide services to children, families, and pediatricians in Richmond. The Resource Center brings together organizations and individuals from all over the Richmond area to work together towards its mission of disseminating accurate information, improving the mental health system for children, and helping children and families navigate their way to the help that they need. 

This summer, Dr. Cohen was informed that the Virginia Healthcare Foundation and the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation will fund nearly $500,000 in start up costs to open the CMHRC! We want to thank these foundations, and the Jenkins and Jackson Foundations, for realizing the importance of comprehensive mental health care for Virginia’s children.

Co-CEO J.james l evans m.d.
Term Start Jan 2015
Former CEOs
Dr. Robert Cohen Jan 1990 - Nov 2012
Full Time Staff 30
Part Time Staff 5
Volunteers 5
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 95
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted 2012
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $145,250.00
Projected Expenses $120,500.00
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$123,623$111,553$73,500
Administration Expense$2,733$1,751$4,322
Fundraising Expense--$11,400$28,975
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.920.811.17
Program Expense/Total Expenses98%89%69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%11%23%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$102,575$113,171$137,467
Current Assets$102,575$113,171$137,467
Long-Term Liabilities----$0
Current Liabilities----$0
Total Net Assets$102,575$113,171$137,467
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose The VCU Healthy Minds Campaign is working to raise private funds to complement a major appropriation of public funds to build a new facility for the VTCC. Currently, the VTCC is over 50 years old. We need new facilities, faculty recruitment tools and best practice programs & research implemented to further mental health services here in Virginia.
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and financial statements prepared internally by the organization.
  • Financial analysis provided by the Form 990, with supplemental information from the financial statements.