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Addiction Treatment
Mental Health



Universal Mental Health Services, LLC is a premier provider of comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services. UMHS is licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). We have two locations, Newport News, VA and Richmond, VA.​ Our staff consists of certified and licensed mental health and substance abuse professionals.


"Our mission is to empower individuals and families on their journey to recovery and well-being by providing compassionate, evidence-based mental health and substance abuse services. We are dedicated to fostering hope, healing, and resilience in our community through accessible, person-centered care, education, and advocacy".

About Us


Intensive In-Home Services


(IIH) services are intensive, time limited interventions provided mainly in the residence of the child. Individuals ages 4 to 19 must demonstrate clinical necessity arising from a severe condition due to mental, behavioral, or emotional illness that results in significant functional impairments in major life activities.

Mental Health Skill Building


(MHSB) services is a time limited service that provides training and support to help adults aged 18+ achieve and maintain community stability through teaching life skills. These skills include money management, medication management, daily living skills, and how to manage their mental symptoms.

Intensive Outpatient Program


(IOP) services for substance abuse is a structured treatment program that provides more intensive support than standard outpatient treatment but less restrictive than inpatient or residential programs. Participants attend group sessions where they can share experiences and receive support form both counselors and peers.

DOT SAP Evaluations


UMHS provides substance abuse evaluations for employees working in Safety Sensitive positions regulated by the (DOT) Department of Transportation. Our Qualified Substance Abuse Professionals (SAP) are trained to complete evaluations for people working in the field of Truck Driving (CDL) drivers, Oil and Gas, Railroads, and the Aviation Industry.

Therapeutic Mentoring


(TM) services is a form of support and guidance provided to individuals, often youth, who are dealing with emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges. These services are typically offered in a one-on-one setting and aim to help individuals develop essential life skills, build self-esteem, and improve their overall well-being.

Outpatient Services


(OPT) services are delivered in an outpatient setting, such as the therapist office or online (Telehealth). Outpatient therapy can be a valuable option for individuals dealing with a range of mental health issues. Different types of therapy are available, including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and couples therapy, providing options tailored to an individual's specific needs.

Our Services

  We accept most insurances



Lavar Reynolds
Lavar Reynolds

Owner & CEO

Dr. Kenyutia Gash
Dr. Kenyutia Gash

Director of Outpatient Services

Taylor Dahl
Taylor Dahl

Lead Clinician

Kamari Reynolds
Kamari Reynolds

Site Director- Newport News

Erica Baker, LPC
Erica Baker, LPC

Clinical Director

Aisha Muhammad
Aisha Muhammad

Clinical Supervisor

Nynda Reynolds
Nynda Reynolds

Site Director- Richmond

Sherrie Mintz, LCSW
Sherrie Mintz, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor

Aretha Porter, LPC
Aretha Porter, LPC

Clinical Supervisor

Life coaching


“The staff are professional and caring. My Therapist really helped me get through a rough time in my life.”

Danielle H.

“I was able to schedule my appointment quickly without a long wait. Great company.”

Philip C.

“I'm thankful that I found this company. My child's counselor is great and his behaviors are improving.”

Meghan C.

Success Stories


Our Locations


714 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Ste. 180

Newport News, VA 23601 \\ Tel: (757) 706-3309


2421 Westwood Ave. Ste. B

Richmond, VA 23230 \\ Tel: (804) 658-4363

Office Hours

Monday – Friday  9AM – 5PM

*Evenings and Weekends by appointment only!

IOP Group Schedule

Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Thursday’s

6pm to 9pm


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