Employee Excellence

These unprecedented times during the COVID-19 pandemic have forced innovative adaptations in how Chesterfield County continues to keep resources and services available for our citizens, businesses and employees. Those adaptations have taken multiple forms, from teleworking to completely new processes, and many employees are being redeployed in other areas to keep essential functions operating.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be gathering stories to highlight our employees’ innovative contributions and the many services that are still available to our citizens. We are all adjusting to this "new norm" in which we find ourselves, but, rest assured, Chesterfield is still open for business and serving citizens.

  1. Mental Health Support Services
  2. Parks and Recreation: Virtual Recreation Programs
  3. Juvenile Detention Home: Greenhouse
  4. Telephone Reassurance Program
  5. Chesterfield County Farmers Market
  6. Circuit Court Clerk
  7. CCPL: Blood Drive
  8. Master Gardeners
  9. Registrar's Office
  10. CCPL: Makerspace
  11. Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center
  12. Learning and Performance Center
  13. Building Inspection

Mental Health Support Services

Even in the best of times, Chesterfield’s Department of Mental Health Support Services (MHSS) has the important, yet difficult, task of providing an array of health services to our community. Under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, MHSS was faced with having to provide critical care to residents without risking the spread of the coronavirus.

MHSS knew that putting their vital services on hold was not an option. So, they adapted.

Although the MHSS building is currently closed to the public, the medical services team continued to distribute psychiatric medications and provide outdoor, drive-by injections by appointments.

In addition, MHSS nurses continue to conduct Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) drug testing and screening. By following guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), MHSS is cleaning and sanitizing their offices after assisting customers, and chairs in their waiting area have been spaced out to meet best practices for social distancing.

According to Kelly Fried, executive director of MHSS, innovating to meet residents’ needs has been a team effort.

“These are just a few examples of the many unique and creative ways staff are continuing to provide services offered by MHSS,” said Fried. “Unprecedented times call for unprecedented ways of delivering services, and MHSS staff have been incredible in ensuring our citizens are continuing to receive the critical services they need.”

For more information about the important work being done by MHSS, visit their department webpage.

In addition, listen to an interview between Fried and WRWK 93.9 FM about staying mentally healthy during COVID-19 pandemic.


Clockwise, from left: Nie’cole Debates, psychiatric RN, providing a long-acting injection; Monique Hayes, OBOT RN, handing a cup for a urine drug screen; Rose Rodgers, medication assistant, handing out medications from Westwood pharmacy.