Public Input Sought on Improving Mental Health Services

July 14, 2008

News Highlights

  • Input can be provided via e-mail or mail between July 18 and Aug. 8.
  • Sessions will be held on July 25 and 26 to get input in-person.
  • Draft recommendations will be online July 18.

More Information 

Beginning July 18, the public can submit comments on the Josiah H. Beeman Commission’s draft recommendations to improve Fairfax County’s mental health care system.

Comments will be accepted between July 18 and Aug. 8. They can be sent by e-mail to or by mail to the Josiah H. Beeman Commission, 12011 Government Center Parkway Suite 942, Fairfax, VA 22035. Commissioners also will be available to hear comments directly from the public on:

  • Friday, July 25, 1-4 p.m., Reston Community Center Art Gallery, 1609-A Washington Plaza, Reston.
  • Saturday, July 26, 9 a.m. - noon, 6245 Leesburg Pike, Room 100, Falls Church.
  • Saturday, July 26, 2-5 p.m., South County Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Room 221, Alexandria.

The recommendations will be available online on July 18. They focus on:

  • The role of the public mental health system;
  • The process for accessing mental health services;
  • The service delivery system;
  • The funding of recommended services;
  • The measurement of service effectiveness;
  • The key supports needed to implement changes.

Public comments will help the commission to refine its recommendations before delivering them to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors this fall.

Appointed by the Board of Supervisors, the Josiah H. Beeman Commission is composed of local, state and national mental health care experts and advocates for individuals receiving mental health services. The group will advise the Board of Supervisors on the future direction of mental health services in the Fairfax-Falls Church community.

For more information about providing comments, the public input sessions or the commission, call 703-324-7407, TTY 711.


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
703-324-3187, TTY 711, Fax 703-324-2010
Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)

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