Our Mission


Our mission is to reduce the impact of substance use and psychiatric disorders for individuals, families and communities in Virginia. River City utilizes a “Recovery Oriented Systems of Care” approach to provide a high level of assessment, treatment, and care coordination for each patient in our services.

Our Philosophy


We wholeheartedly commit to the overall biological, psychological, social, and spiritual health and well-being of our clients.

Our focus is on reducing or alleviating the emotional, mental, and behavioral distress resulting from psychiatric and substance abuse conditions. Our goal is to improve each client’s quality of life. River City achieves this goal through the delivery of professional psychiatric and substance abuse services provided by a multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals who are committed to quality care.

Our History


River City was founded in 2008 by experienced social workers with a vision for innovative and quality mental health and substance abuse services. These social workers brought years of experience working for notable Richmond area organizations such as: The Daily Planet, Henrico Drug Court, The William J. Farley Center, Virginia Treatment Center for Children, RBHA, Rubicon, Virginia Commonwealth University, Family Counseling Center for Recovery, and Insight Physicians.


 In early 2009 River City received its license from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), opened an office in the growing Manchester historic district, and began providing Intensive In-Home counseling to children in the Richmond area.  Soon after, they expanded our offerings to include Mental Health Support Services (now Mental Health Skill-Building Services) for adults.  


In 2012 River City expanded our services to include a full outpatient clinic, and in keeping with our original commitment to revitalizing Manchester, we again selected Hull street for the office location.  Since expanding, we were able to add Crisis Stabilization to our growing list of programs.  That same year we were also awarded an HVRP (Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program) grant to start the VEP (Veteran’s Employment Program).  In 2013, River City opened  a third office location in Petersburg, and added Alcohol Counseling and Treatment (ACT) and Alternatives to Incarceration (AIP) programs to our service roster. 

In 2019, River City closed our offices in Petersburg and relocated to a new office location in Chesterfield to continue to serve those in the Greater Richmond area.

River City continues to strive toward the vision of providing those in the Richmond area with a "Continuum of Care", and 2020 will see the addition of an ASAM Level 2.1 Intensive Outpatient Program, an ASAM Level 3.1 Clinically-Managed Low-Intensity Residential Treatment Program, and a Substance Abuse Case Management program to the roster of available services offered by the River City Counseling Group (River City Comprehensive Counseling Services, River City Integrative Counseling, and River City Residential Services).

Our Team

Alex McClelland
VP of Clinical Operations
Alison Youmell
Chief Clinical Officer
Andrew Lester
IT Director, Facilities Manager, Intake Coordinator
Corinne Thompson
VP of Clinical Operations, Program Director
Emily Ensor
Chief Financial Officer
Jessica Shears
Office Administrator
Jimmy Christmas
Founder/Chief Executive Officer
Katherine Pornchareon
Program Director
Kurt Smith
Group Facilitator - IOP/SUCM
LaTasha Wiggins
Program Director, Group Facilitator - IOP/SUCM
Madison Cully
Director of Practice Management
Mel Force
Office Administrator
Melissa Canaday
Program Director - Veteran's Employment Program
Raven Mason-Stevenson
Program Director
Tonita Christmas
Chief Operations Officer
Walter Randall
Group Facilitator - IOP, SUCM
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Accepting Medallion 4, CCC Plus, and Medicaid Fee-for-Service plans from all VA Medicaid Managed Care Organizations including Aetna Better Health of VA, Anthem Healthkeepers Plus, Magellan of Virginia, Magellan Complete Care of Virginia, Optima/Sentara, United Healthcare/Optum, and VA Premier.

We are here to answer any questions you may have.

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Phone: 804.230.0999

Fax: 804.230.0998

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