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April 30, 2014
CSB Strategic Plan – Your input needed!
- Your assistance is needed to help in the development of a strategic plan for the CSB. The CSB’s strategic plan will guide the agency’s direction over the next three years and will be evaluated annually. Your input will help to ensure that the CSB’s vision, mission, values, and goals are aligned with the needs of the community and the people we serve. Learn more about the CSB’s Strategic Plan and complete a brief, five-question survey by May 30, 2014.
May 6-12 – Nurses Week!
- CSB Board member Gary Ambrose and CSB Nursing Director Louella Meachem went before the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on April 29 and accepted a proclamation honoring our community’s nurses and highlighting the critical role nurses play at the CSB. Daryl Vasquez, a nurse with the CSB’s Community Readiness and Support Program, received a Citizen Life Saving Award from the Fairfax County Fire Chief for her quick thinking and skilled emergency action that saved the life of a CSB client in the program.
May 8 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Fairfax County!
- This year, Fairfax County has joined over 1,100 communities and 136 national collaborating organizations to officially proclaim May 8, 2014, as Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. Events will be taking place throughout the month to focus attention on ways to nurture the mental health and resilience of our community’s children and their families.
- Need information about local services for children with mental health challenges? Call CSB’s Entry & Referral staff at 703-383-8500, TTY 711. If it’s a psychiatric emergency, call CSB Emergency Services at 703-573-5679. If life-threatening, dial 911.
May 9 – NEXUS Conference, Access to Hope: Whole Child and Whole Health
- NEXUS is hosting a free, all-day conference titled “Access to Hope – Whole Child and Whole Health: Facilitating Health and Resiliency in the Community, Family, and School” on Friday, May 9. The conference is open to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the FCPS Virginia Hills Center in Alexandria. For information on the conference, including session descriptions, contact NEXUS Coordinator Lainge Bailey by email or by phone at 703-660-2327. NEXUS is an outreach committee of the Advisory Board for the Gartlan Center in Mount Vernon.
May 17 – Community discusses teen stress, wellness, and resiliency
- Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is hosting “Community Conversation on Teen Stress: Fostering Wellness and Resiliency”on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Hayfield Secondary School. The event will bring together teens and parents, the school system, Fairfax County government, private mental health providers, coaches, and community and faith-based organizations who work with teens to discuss the many facets of stress that affect today’s youth and how wellness and resiliency resources can provide support. A light lunch will be served. Details and registration information are available on the FCPS website.
May 18 – “This Is My Brave” opens up about mental illness
- “This Is My Brave” is a live presentation of essays, original music, and poetry performed by individuals living with―or loving someone with―a mental illness. The show will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 18 at Artisphere’s Spectrum Theatre in Arlington; tickets are $16.37 and are available through the This Is My Brave website.
CSB Board information
- The May meeting calendar for the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board is now available.
- The approved March 26, 2014 CSB Board minutes are also available.
CSB budget update
- On April 29, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the FY 2015 budget, including an additional $1.3 million to support June 2014 special education graduates of Fairfax County Public Schools who are eligible for employment and day support services and currently do not have a funding source for services.
CSB in the news…
- Monday, April 28, on WJLA-TV, ABC Channel 7 (and on News Channel 8) – Daryl Washington, CSB Deputy Director, was interviewed for a news feature about the local impact of new state legislationregarding mental health services. See the story.
- Tuesday, April 29, also on WJLA-TV, ABC Channel 7 – A feature about award-winning restaurateur Matt Haley includes scenes of his recent visit to Crossroads, a CSB residential treatment facility. Haley is this year’s recipient of the James Beard Humanitarian Award.
Community partners wrap up successful hypothermia prevention season
- As reported in a recent news release from the county’s Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, despite record-breaking low temperatures, there were no reported deaths due to hypothermia in our community during the past winter. Our local hypothermia prevention partnership provided warmth and shelter for hundreds of our community’s most vulnerable neighbors. The CSB is a critical, behind-the-scenes partner in this effort. CSB outreach staff engage individuals seeking shelter who have serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders and help them connect with services and other resources. CSB Emergency Services and the Fairfax Detoxification Center staff are available 24/7 to assist in crises. Between December and March, the Fairfax Detoxification Center had 58 hypothermia-related admissions who came in through detox diversion and 84 admissions from homeless shelters.
Reminder – CSB Executive Director recruitment period extended through May 15
- To apply for the position of CSB Executive Director, visit the county website. The executive director provides 24/7 leadership and oversight of behavioral health treatment and community living programs and services for residents of Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church and works in collaboration with the county’s other Human Services agencies.
Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board
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