Board of Supervisors Approves Budget Carryover Package Resolving CSB’s Projected Budget Shortfall
On September 11, 2012, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a budget “carryover” package resolving a budget shortfall that had been projected for the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board for the 2013 fiscal year.
The Board of Supervisors’ budget carryover package provided:
- $3.5 million from the county’s General Fund to pay for the increased cost of employee fringe benefits that had accounted for over one-third of the CSB’s total projected shortfall.
- $3.02 million from a previously established budget reserve to cover projected costs of meeting the growing need for critical services.
The remaining shortfall is being addressed through a combination of reductions, redesigns and consolidations.
As a result of the board’s action:
- CSB will not have to implement a waitlist for families whose infants and toddlers need early intervention services.
- CSB will have sufficient funds to serve all of the 2012 high school graduates with intellectual disability who have been identified as in need of CSB employment and day support services.
- New Horizons and Sojourn House will remain open.
- CSB will continue to provide emergency services at the Gartlan Center.
- The CSB mobile crisis unit will continue to operate a daytime shift.
- CrisisLink (suicide prevention hotline) will be funded through FY 2013.
- CSB is authorized to fund contract rate increases for its contracted service providers.
Budget reductions in the carryover package will require that CSB:
- No longer offer emergency services at Northwest Center.
- Reduce the Wellness and Health Promotion staff by 7 positions. (A countywide consolidation of prevention staff is now being studied, for possible implementation in FY 2014.)
- Consolidate youth day treatment services at three sites.
- Continue to manage a 10% staff vacancy rate throughout the CSB.
- Forego planned expansion of Intensive Community Treatment teams that provide intensive services for chronically homeless individuals who have mental illness and substance use disorders. (CSB will continue to support its four current ICT teams.)
Anticipating continued countywide budget challenges in coming years, the CSB is examining every service area to find opportunities for increased efficiency and effectiveness, so that it can continue to provide critically needed services to the community’s most vulnerable residents.