Changes to CSB Fees and Practicees
March 2013 Update
Effective November 1, 2012
The CSB has updated its Fee and Subsidy Related Procedures Regulation effective November 1, 2012. This changed what happens with overdue accounts.
- Fee for returned checks increases to $50. Previously the CSB charged $25.
- All accounts with billed charges that remain unpaid more than 180 days (about 6 months) will be transferred to a collection agency. Previously the CSB did this only when the individual was no longer receiving services.
- Actions of the collection agency may include wage liens, bank liens, property seizures, court proceedings and flagging of credit records.
- The individual (not the CSB) will have to pay the 20% collection fee charged by the external collection agency. Previously the CSB absorbed the fee. In addition, a new $30 administrative fee will be assessed by the collection agency.
Effective December 1, 2012
- Increases fees for some clinical services, such as counseling and crisis services, based on cost.
- Updates the Ability to Pay Scale based on federal poverty guidelines and Fairfax County median income.
- Raises the minimum fee from $2 to $5 for services subject to the Ability to Pay Scale.
- Establishes a new per diem sliding scale fee for social and medical detoxification services, including subutex.
- Applies residential fees based on percentage of income for individuals receiving mental health and/or substance use disorder services, with a new minimum fee of $5 a day. Note: $5 minimum does not apply to the HUD grant program.
UNDER DISCUSSION: No timetable has been established to implement interest and late penalties on non-delinquent (less than 180 days) accounts. If the decision is made to go ahead with it, then the CSB will implement the new interest and late penalty charges and a notice will be sent out announcing the effective date. These additional charges would be reflected on individuals’ monthly bills.
Please let us know if your information changes: your address, income, number of dependents, or health insurance.
If you have questions about your account, ask to speak with a member of the Revenue Management Team at your service site or call 703-324-7026, TTY 711,
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