Three Arlington community activists, troubled by the lack of state programs to help drug addicts in Northern Virginia, visited Gov. Gerald L. Baliles in Richmond yesterday to urge him to increase funds for mental health and drug treatment programs.

John Robinson, director of the Martin Luther King Community Center in the Nauck area of the county, where drugs are a particularly serious problem, said he and the two other activists asked for the meeting because they have been frustrated by not being able to help addicts who want help.

"There is only one mental hospital in Northern Virginia and there are long waiting lists for {detoxification} programs," Robinson said. "We see {addicts} daily, wasting their lives and there is no place for them," he said, adding that the recent indictment of 63 Nauck residents on drug trafficking charges underscored the severity of the problem and the need for action.

Accompanying Robinson were Audrey Moten, president of the Martin Luther King Community Center, and Lillian E. Brown, executive director of the Arlington Community Action Program. Sen. Edward M. Holland (D-Arlington), who arranged the meeting with the governor and Secretary of Human Services Eva Teig, also attended the meeting.

"It was a fruitful meeting and the governor was very receptive," Robinson said.

Teig said the group was "heard by sympathetic ears." But no decisions involving budgeting state funds were made, according to Jennifer Mullins, a spokesman for the governor.

According to Robinson, the group asked the governor to consider allowing drug addicts to be treated at mental health institutions throughout the state, to develop legislation that would permit forced treatment for addicts who refused help and to build more halfway houses for inmates returning to the community.

Robinson said the group plans to follow up yesterday's meeting by lobbying General Assembly members and state officials throughout the budget planning process.