News Release - June 30 Ribbon-cutting Ceremony at Gartlan Center


June 28, 2010
CSB 2-2010

News Highlights

  • Ribbon-cutting scheduled for the Gartlan Center for Community Mental Health.
  • The center is named in memory of the late Senator Joe Gartlan and in honor of his wife, Fredona Gartlan, champions for the health and well-being of the Fairfax community.
  • The Gartlan Center is a multi-service delivery site with services for people with intellectual disabilities, mental health needs, and/or substance use disorders.

A ribbon-cutting will be held on Wednesday, June 30, to celebrate the opening of the Joe and Fredona Gartlan Center for Community Mental Health. The event will begin 2 p.m. at 8119 Holland Road, Alexandria. Building tours will take place following the formal ribbon cutting and remarks from elected officials, community members, and the Gartlan Family.

The Joe and Fredona Gartlan Center for Community Mental Health is designed as a multi-service delivery site with services for people with intellectual disabilities, mental health needs, and/or substance use disorders who are served by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB). It brings multiple service functions together under one roof.

Earlier this year, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to name the facility the “Joe and Fredona Gartlan Center for Community Mental Health,” in memory of the late Senator Joe Gartlan, who served in the Virginia General Assembly for 28 years (1972-2000); and in honor of Fredona Gartlan, who served as a member of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, first president of the Mount Vernon Mental Health Center Board, member of the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute Advisory Board, and Chairman of the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards. The Gartlan family is known for their dedicated community service and for championing community causes including human services. 

Commenting on this event, CSB Executive Director George Braunstein said,“This building is a fitting tribute to Joe and Fredona Gartlan and their years of dedicated advocacy for community services. The building provides a common setting for people who may need multiple services, which aligns well with our effort to promote a menu of service options for people in community locations. This is a great step in our system transformation effort and we are proud to honor the Gartlans in this way.”

For further information about the ceremony and reasonable ADA accommodations, contact Lara Larson at 703-324-7027, TTY 703-803-3015, or e-mail lara.larson@fairfaxcounty.gov.


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