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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program offered by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board Wellness and Health Promotion staff that can help communities understand mental illnesses, seek timely intervention, and save lives.

One in five Americans has a mental illness and many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. The symptoms of mental illness can be difficult to detect — even when friends and family of someone who appears to be developing a mental illness can tell that something is amiss, they may not know how to intervene or direct the person to proper treatment. Far too many (up to two-thirds) go without treatment or significantly delay seeking services.

Yet, just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone developing or experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.

Mental Health First Aid:

  • Introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems,
  • Builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and
  • Most importantly, teaches individuals how to help someone in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.

Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants gain concrete tools and answers to key questions like “What can I do?” and “Where can someone find help?” and a core five-step action plan to support someone developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis.

Our certified instructors teach the program throughout Fairfax County and cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.

In addition to courses that are available for individual enrollment, you can also request a customized group Mental Health First Aid course.

Mental Health First Aid training for adults is available in both English and Spanish, and the youth training is available in English.

For more information, visit the website: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb/events/mental-health-first-aid.htm

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Offered

Fairfax County will offer Community Response Team (CERT) training to residents over a two month period, during September and October 2014, at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy, 4600 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA. Residents may choose from one of two sessions, either September 8, 15, 22, 29, and October 6, 20, and 27, or September 10, 17, 24, and October 1, 8, 22, 29, from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

The Community Emergency Response Team training program is designed to prepare residents to help themselves, their families, and neighbors during a disaster in their community. Through the CERT training program, residents learn about disaster preparedness and receive low-impact training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, minimal search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. The training intends to provide immediate assistance and critical support before first responders arrive on scene.

The classroom instruction incorporates some hands-on skill development and experience in conducting a search and victim assessment. There is no cost for the program.

To sign up, go to the Fairfax County volunteer portal at https://volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov and search for CERT. For more information, call Jeff Katz, at 703-246-3926.

Laurel Hill Adaptive Reuse Area

In the final step required to transform the former Lorton Prison into a mixed-use community, Fairfax County approved a master development agreement today.

This action means that the project may move forward toward construction. The Board of Supervisors signed off on the agreement at their  July 29, 2014, meeting.

Under this legal and financial agreement with the county, The Alexander Company and Elm Street will redevelop the site 80-acre Laurel Hill Adaptive Reuse Area.

The plan calls for preserving and reusing former prison buildings while providing up to:

  • 412 market-rate residential units, including up to 225 apartments in former prison dorms and workshops, 157 new townhomes, six condos and 24 new single-family homes
  • 110,000 square feet of retail and office space
  • 20,000 square feet in civic or community space

The development is divided into two phases.

The first phase, expected to break ground this fall, calls for 165 apartments by fall 2016 and 107 new homes by 2020.

The project’s second phase is expected to begin in late 2016. It includes 60,000 square feet in new commercial and retail space, 50,000 square feet in adaptive reuse commercial space, 74 townhomes and six condos.

Per the agreement, the county will only pick up a projected $12.7 million of the estimated $188 million project cost. Fairfax’s contribution goes toward new infrastructure needed to adaptively reuse the site. The county will split these infrastructure costs equally with the developers — but the deal caps the county’s contribution to a maximum, fixed amount.

Fairfax County acquired the former prison property for $4.2 million in July 2002. While the entire property encompasses about 2,323 acres, a portion, including the Laurel Hill Adaptive Reuse Area, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Laurel Hill Adaptive Reuse Area Master Plan was approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2010, after a two-year master planning effort.

Board of Supervisors Votes Against Approving Extension of Lorton Landfill Operations

7/29/14 - The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted today against approving two zoning applications from Furnace Associates Inc. to extend its landfill operations in Lorton until Dec. 31, 2025. The construction debris landfill is currently scheduled to close by Jan. 1, 2019.  The board was poised to vote on the landfill’s zoning proposal on June 17, but it deferred a decision until today. The landfill is located along the west side of I-95 and north of Furnace Road in Lorton.
Furnace Associates, Inc. 

Supervisor Hyland's Final Statement and Motion regarding SEA 80-L/V-061-02 can be read here.

The Board of Supervisors Summary can be read here.

Emergency and Information Phone Numbers:

Non-emergency public safety - 703-691-2131

Fairfax County Government - 703-817-7771

Fairfax County Public Schools - 1-800-839- 3277

Fairfax Water - 703-698-5613

Storm Flooding - 703-323-1211

Wastewater Collection Division - 703-323-1211

Washington Gas - 703-750-1400

Columbia Gas - 1-800-544-5606

Dominion Virginia Power - 1-888-667-3000

NOVEC - 1-888-335-0500

Verizon - 703-954-6222

Cox Communications - 703-378-8422

Comcast of Virginia - 703-670-3500

American Red Cross - 703-805-2057

Mount Vernon Nights Free Summer Concert Series

Grist Mill Park
4710 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria
Fridays, June 6 – August 29
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. *

August 15: Mystic Warriors (Andean Fusion)
August 22: Hang-Over Royale (Swing)
August 29: Seldom Scene (Bluegrass)

* Concerts at Grist Mill Park are canceled if it's raining. If there is a threat of bad weather, call 703-324-703-324-7469 after 6 p.m. for updates.

Workhouse Arts Center at Lorton
9601 Ox Road, Lorton
Saturdays, June 7 – August 30
7 – 8 p.m. **

August 16: IONA (Celtic)
August 23: The United State Air Force "Singing Sergeants" (Chorale)
August 30: Chaise Lounge Band (Jazz/Lounge/Swing)

** Concerts at the Workhouse Arts Center are held rain or shine.

The official Mount Vernon 2014 Program flyer can be viewed/printed here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances/downloads/mtvernonflyerweb.pdf

For complete information about the Summer Entertainment Series, including locations of additional performances, visithttp://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances/

Sherwood Hall Lane Restriping Project

Click here to read an update on the Sherwood Hall Lane Pavement Marking project.

Are You and Your Family Prepared for a Disaster?

 Do you have a family plan?  Do you have emergency supplies for your family and pets if the power is out and the roads are closed for a few days or longer?  What if you have to evacuate?  What if someone gets hurt and rescue crews cannot get to you right away?  These are all important questions and there are good answers.  

Fairfax County participates in a National Program that trains and prepares citizens for all kinds of disasters; THE TRAINING IS FREE!   Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is presented by certified instructors in 3 hour sessions, one evening a week for 8 weeks.  Training is informative; practical; hands on; challenging; and FREE!  Participants must be at least 16 years old.

Training includes:

  • Things you can do to prevent emergencies in your home and office; safety practices
  • Things you can do now to prepare for a disaster and reduce the impact when it happens
  • Things you can do during a disaster to protect yourself and your family
  • Things you can do after a disaster to help your family and your neighborhood recover if the professional responders are delayed or cannot get to you right away

Specific Classes include:

  • Personal and Family Preparedness
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Basic Fire Suppression
  • Medical Aid and Operations
  • CERT Team Operations
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism
  • Hazardous Materials

Classes are regularly scheduled at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy and, if there is sufficient interest, classes can be conducted at local venues (fire stations; community centers).

For more information, please check out: 

Fairfax County:              http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oem/citizencorps/cert.htm

FEMA:                          http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams

Make an Impact Close to Home

RSVP is America's largest volunteer network for people age 55 and older. In Northern Virginia, RSVP volunteers are responding to community needs in and around Fairfax County, Arlington County, and the City of Alexandria. Individuals choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week. 

Lead with a Lifetime of Experience:  RSVP volunteers bring 55+ years of skills and experience, and many of them want to explore new talents! RSVP offers a wide range of opportunities, including:

  • Mentoring children in classrooms 
  • Supporting veterans and military families 
  • Tax counseling for low-income families 
  • Working in local and national parks 
  • Enrich Your Life and the Lives of Others

Studies show that volunteering helps us to live longer, more meaningful lives. In addition to meeting friends who share the same passion for service, benefits to RSVP members include:

  • Free accident and liability insurance while serving 
  • Optional transportation reimbursement 
  • Social and recognition events 
  • Ongoing educational opportunities 

Complete information can be found here:  http://www.volunteerfairfax.org/individuals/rsvp.php

Boards, Authorities and Commissions

Supervisor Hyland needs dedicated community leaders to serve on important Boards, Authorities and Commissions for Fairfax County.  Click here to learn about vacancies and how to apply.

 


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