County of Hanover

Engaging parents, empowering youth, and building resiliency throughout the community of Hanover

What are Prevention and Education Services?

Prevention programming and related activities provide education, support and skill-building opportunities for Hanover County youth and their families. The goal of community education and prevention services is to “keep healthy people healthy.” Programs promote resiliency and well-being through parent education, after-school programming, and skill-building workshops for children, teens and adults.

The Community Education Team works together to coordinate and implement programs that promote healthy, drug-free families and communities. Skilled professional staff provide training, consultation, public speaking, and group services to individuals, agencies, schools, churches, businesses, and community groups.
Prevention Services are available to all residents of Hanover County. Please call Martha Lambert, Coordinator of Community Education for more information: 365-4228 or malambert@hanovercounty.gov. Learn More

Mental Health Matters!

You are more likely to encounter someone — a friend, family member, co-worker, neighbor, or member of the community — in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Hanover Community Services offers a variety of programs to help you to recognize and respond to these situations.
Call (804) 365-4228 or email malambert@hanovercounty.gov for upcoming course dates, or to arrange to bring any of these programs to your Hanover organization.
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Community Partners in Wellness


Hanover Teens CARE Too Coalition


TC2 is a youth-led coalition of Hanover teens who want to make a difference in their community. Activities include Sticker Shock, merchant education / retailer compliance checks, and other alcohol, tobacco and drug awareness activities. TC2 youth share a common interest in leading initiatives in our community that encourage substance-free life. TC2 members plan and implement projects they hope will prevent their peers from getting caught up in problems with alcohol and drugs.


Above Sticker Shock Program in Action!


Hanover Early Childhood Coalition


From the first day of life to the first day of kindergarten, children grow faster than at any other time in their lives. The first five years of life literally shape how the brain gets built, laying the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Parents are their children’s first and most important teachers. We can show your how.

Hanover CARES


The Hanover CARES Coalition is dedicated to helping Hanover kids grow up alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free.  This is a grass-roots organization that welcomes anyone interested in helping kids make positive choices.  Hanover CARES is a partnership of Hanover parents, citizens, youth-serving organizations, and county agencies dedicated to positive youth development.  The coalition has two primary goals:
1. To increase parental awareness and community involvement in prevention youth substance use and related problem behaviors;
2. To engage youth in creating positive change in their community and celebrate their efforts.
Additional information about raising drug-free kids can be found at www.hanover-cares.org or like us at hanovercares on Facebook.

Frequently Asked Questions

I need shots for my child…..

Call Hanover Health Department, 804-365-4313

I need medical care/health care for my family….

Call Hanover Health Department, 804-365-4313

I am worried about my baby’s development……

Call Infant and Toddler Connection of Hanover, 804-723-2070

I am pregnant and I need help with medical care or food…..

Call Hanover Health Department, 804-365-4313

I need help with family planning / pregnancy prevention…..

Call Hanover Health Department, 804-365-4313

I need someone to give me guidance and resources as a pregnant/new mother…

Call Family Lifeline Home Visiting Program, 804-249-5914

I would like new ideas to improve my child’s behavior…
  • Call Community Services Parent Educator, 804-365-4238

  • Call your school guidance counselor

I want to know more about preschool options in Hanover County….

Call Hanover Preschool Initiative, 804-365-4506

I want someone to share resources and teach me activities so I can be the best parent to my child…

Call Family Lifeline Home Visiting Program, 804-249-5914

I can’t afford to feed my family……
  • Call Department of Social Services, 804-365-4100

  • Call Ashland Christian Emergency Services (ACES), 804-798-2784

  • Call Western Hanover Emergency Action Team (WHEAT), 877-559-4328

  • Call Mechanicsville Christian Emergency Fund (MCEF), 804-774-8212

I don’t feel safe at home with my partner…..

Call Hanover Safe Place, 804-752-2702

I feel stressed and overwhelmed…..

Call Hanover Community Services, 804-365-4200

I want to find free and fun family activities…
  • Call Pamunkey Regional Library, 804-365-6210

  • Call Parks & Recreation, 804-365-7150

I have other questions….

Call Community Resources, 804-365-4300

Hanover County Community Services

Human Services Building | 12300 Washington Highway Ashland, VA 23005
Crisis Services: 804-365-4200 | Phone: 804-365-4222 | Fax: 804-365-4252
Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday & Thursday: 8:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Atlee Commons Location

9734 Atlee Commons Drive | Ashland, VA 23005
Phone: 804-365-6600 | Fax: 804-365-6639
Monday – Friday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Bell Creek Location

8475 Bell Creek Road | Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Phone: 804-365-6760 | Fax: 804-365-6779
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM