Meet Our Facility Director
Chaquita Griffin (LPC)
Day Treatment Services Coordinator
for Supervising Programs to include Psychosocial Day Treatment, Mental Health Skill Building, and Supportive Employment Program
Chaquita has been employed at DPCS for 20 years. She began as Senior Secretary and continued her education until earning her MS in Counseling from Longwood University, with additional post graduate training to become an LPC. Over the years Chaquita worked in various roles in behavioral health, engaging and assisting many of the individuals she currently services at PSR as Day Treatment Services Coordinator. Chaquita is a Certified Prescreener for Emergency Services.
Chaquita has found her “fit” in Behavioral Health, and gets great joy from doing her part to help individuals reach their desired destination in life. Seeing individuals grow and transform in the community with increased independence and the confidence to succeed makes it all worthwhile. Harmony House is the best place to watch and be a part of this transition. Many of the individuals are coming from recent psychiatric hospitalizations and need the education, unconditional support, skills training, healthy socialization, and assistance with accessing resources to just get back in the swing of things. Harmony House is the safe haven that provides all of these things and so much more.
Her Dream is for Harmony House to become a center where individuals diagnosed with mental illness can thrive and feel welcomed. They will take active roles in the daily functioning of the program, excelling in their recovery and leading their peers to greatness. Chaquita envisions Harmony House to be a buzz in the community for individuals to come and access resources and information to get various needs met at the hub of it all.
A committed family of professionals
Chaquita has been instrumental in guiding our Team Building efforts as we move toward our Community Engagement Initiatives powered by our Commitment to Excellence.
From her Leadership Context she is able to project Thought Leadership and Influence into our Professional Network Community Liaison. It is through her strong but supportive nurture that the whole project has come together. She has assembled a great team but we have appreciated her experienced leadership.
Leadership in Advocacy is about empowerment: giving bright, dedicated people the opportunity to have an impact. People want to make their ideas happen; being listened to and making a contribution. Chaquita commands great Advocacy Leadership in these respects.
Psychosocial Rehabilitation is a key part of the Commonwealth’s pledge to your care when you are recovering from a serious mental illness. PSR is designed to help you recover and get your life back. Recovery helps you to live, work, learn, and have good relationships. You can fully be part of your community while managing your symptoms.
PSR is a treatment approach designed to help improve the lives of people with disabilities. The goal of psychosocial rehabilitation is to teach emotional, cognitive, and social skills that help those diagnosed with mental illness live and work in their communities as independently as possible.
Tina graduated with a B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation from UNC-Greensboro. She has over 30 years’ experience working in the field. She has been working with DPCS at Harmony House for 15 years. She enjoys crafting and being outdoors.
Tina finds it rewarding to assist individuals with learning life skills and watching them make the connection between the use of their skills and better life management both mentally and physically.
As a PSR Counselor at Harmony House, she implements psychosocial rehabilitation service plan activities to help individual’s learn and practice ways of improving their overall mental health.
PSR activities are designed to provide educational and recreational opportunities to develop and use skills to help individuals participate as fully as possible in their families and communities.
Cheri Keene is a native of Danville, Virginia and graduated from George Washington High School. In line with her interest to serve her community, she attended Danville Community College and transferred to Virginia State University (VSU) where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2006. While attending VSU, Cheri was inducted into Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology in 2005.
Following the completion of her undergraduate degree from VSU, she has worked in several areas of mental health with adolescents and adults. Some of her work experiences include Poplar Springs Hospital as a Mental Health Technician, Brookfield Group Home as Lead Youth Counselor, Milestone Health Solutions as a Case Manager as well as Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services as a Mental Health Skill-Building Provider and currently as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor. She enjoys incorporating creativity and enthusiasm while advocating for others. Cheri plans to further her career by expanding her knowledge of the psychology field and eventually work toward professional licensure.
I am the newbie to Harmony House, beginning October 2020. My professional career started in 2011 after graduating with my Associates Degree in Human Services. I started my psychology journey working with adults with developmental disorders. This is where I learned about Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy. I went back to school and achieved my bachelors’ in Psychology majoring in Lifespan Development and Counseling. I moved to Virginia for more professional job opportunities.
I worked in a school setting as a counselor for children diagnosed with autism and continued my learning and experience with ABA therapy. From there, I pursued experience with working with adults in Mental Health Skill Building. Later I returned to working with children diagnosed with Autism and perfected my skills in ABA therapy. In between working with children and coming to Harmony House, I tried the medical field, but my heart has been in psychology and that is where I will stay. I plan on continuing my education as a future endeavor.
Starting at Harmony House in 2012 as an intern and then as a volunteer, I grew to love the environment and I did not want to leave. I then became the contract van driver working a mere 27.5 hours per week. I graduated May 2013 from Liberty University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. In November 2013 I was honored to accept a full time Employment Counselor position. I have worn many hats thought out this journey. The journey has been colorful, merry, and bright. Extending a personal invitation to you to be one of many lights that brighten the path of knowledge and growth.
As the employment counselor my role is to find suitable employment for individuals with serious mental illness receiving services at Danville Pittsylvania Community Services. Assisting with resumes, work history forms, and linking to other community resources are a few of the services that are offered in the employment program. As a SOAR representative being able to assist individuals applying for disability insurance is rewarding. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you in any capacity.
Central to our ability to provide for a more inclusive environment for community integration is our Supportive Employment Program. With a wealth of Integrative Community Initiatives, we have the flexibility and connections to appropriate relevant contexts in the satisfaction of particular strengths and needs.
The Peer Recovery Specialist has experiential knowledge about what it’s like living with the difficulties of MH/SA and what it takes to demonstrate long-term successful recovery, from a personal standpoint. To that end, the Peer Specialist is strong in the beliefs and principles of the Peer Movement itself. You are not alone and there is hope for Recovery. Become a part of the Movement.
Strong Professional Coalitions
“Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services is at the Leading Edge of the New Model of Social Welfare Organization“
Chief Editor, Virginia Coalition
“my professional association with Harmony House has enabled me to engage my professional community because it is the premier Network Hub of Southern Virginia”