Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Emergency - 703-573-5679 Detox - 703-502-7000 (24/7)

703-383-8500 | TTY 711

8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22031

Daryl Washington, Executive Director

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WHAT WE DO

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board provides services for people of all ages who have mental illness, substance use disorders and/or developmental disabilities.

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Need emergency help?

Call 911 if immediately life-threatening and ask for Crisis Intervention trained officer.

Emergency mental health services 24/7
703-573-5679   TTY 711

Fairfax Detoxification Center 24/7
703-502-7000 
TTY 703-322-9080

Or come directly to the Merrifield Center

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For other CSB services, call CSB Entry & Referral
703-383-8500   TTY 711
Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Come directly to the Merrifield Center for a screening
Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Extended youth hours until 7 p.m. on Tues.)

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CSB News

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March 12, 2019
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention program is hosting an ACT Raising Safe Kids Facilitation training, free of charge, on May 13 and 14 in Annandale. The ACT Raising Safe Kids program is a national, evidence-based, nine-week program that teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age ten. The ACT Program is a campaign of the American Psychological Association, designed to raise awareness of parents and caregivers about their important role as teachers and models for children. The ACT training provides information and tools to help parents and caregivers raise children in safe, stable, health environments and to teach participants how to deal with children’s challenging behaviors, anger, conflicts and positive discipline strategies. "Teach carefully…what a child learns about violence, a child learns for life" is the key message for the ACT campaign. Research shows that exposure to abuse and neglect in a child’s formative years can have long-term emotional and behavioral effects on children. Attendees will learn how to: Identify the risk factors for violence and its consequences in children’s lives.  Describe and use practical methods of discipline with children.  Recognize protective factors and skills for effective parenting (such as anger management, peaceful conflict resolution, positive discipline and screen/media violence education). Identify strategies for planning and implementing a successful parent group program in their agency or community.  Use skills learned to participate in community-wide prevention efforts with a support network of professionals. The CSB is looking for professionals and organizations who work with caregivers of children ages 0-10. Applicants must have a minimum of an associate degree but a bachelor degree is preferred. Multilingual skills are welcome. Previous experience conducting classes for groups of adults and class management skills is expected. Organizations interested in this free training opportunity are expected to be invested in facilitating ACT throughout the community and are required to complete the ACT Raising Safe Kids Facilitator Certification Process. To be considered for the training, submit a resume and a letter demonstrating organizational support to Carrie Cannon, CSB Prevention Specialist or call 703-538-3215. This initiative is funded by the Prevention Fund, in partnership with Healthy Minds Fairfax. Get a printable flier for this training.

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March 12, 2019
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) joins Fairfax County in observing March as Developmental Disabilities Inclusion Month; a time to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disability in all areas of community life, and raising awareness to the barriers that people with disabilities often face. The month focuses on three main areas: education, employment and community living. Residents are invited to become part of the Welcoming Inclusion Network (WIN) and learn how to impact and support the lives of individuals in our community to advance employment and day services for individuals with developmental disabilities by attending the next WIN meeting on March 18. Proclamation of March as Developmental Disabilities Inclusion Month. "It is up to all of us in the end to make the world a more accessible place for those of us with different abilities." – Supervisor John Cook, February 26, 2019 Recogizing the Welcoming Inclusion Network for its work to advance employment and day services for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The most recent WIN meeting was held on February 25 and featured a panel of employers who addressed ways to make employment successful for individuals with developmental disabilities. WIN, a collaborative between Fairfax County government, local industry and private citizens to advance employment and day services for individuals with developmental (and intellectual) disabilities, was launched in February 2018. The objective of the WIN is to increase dialogue and participation from stakeholders and the broader Fairfax community and seek community support through four primary goals: Network, to build opportunities for increased information and resource sharing; Design, which seeks to ensure service equity and efficiency through community-designed services; Employment, which strives to boost employment opportunities through existing and new service models; and Inclusion, which identifies and addresses other challenges to full community inclusion. Following a successful first year, WIN is evolving; the organization continues to support the growing disability population and its differing interests and support needs while remaining committed to building equity and efficiency within available resources. Residents who would like to get involved and help direct the future of the organization are encouraged to attend the next meeting of the Employment/Design and Inclusion/Network groups of WIN on Monday, March 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the third floor of the ServiceSource office (10467 White Granite Drive, Oakton, VA 22124). The agenda includes reviewing focus areas, opportunities, challenges, and goals moving forward. There will also be breakout sessions to further refine next steps for goals of interest.  

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February 22, 2019
Take control of your own wellness by creating a toolbox of coping strategies and resources, and learn how to design your own emotional health recovery plan in one of our eight-week workshops that begin in March. Wellness Recovery Action Plan workshops are free and offered at multiple locations. In partnership with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, staff from the Recovery Program Solutions of Virginia Inc. (RPSV) will lead this program designed to help keep people well and feel better during difficult times. WRAP teaches hope, personal responsibility, self-advocacy and support. Within a group setting, participants will explore self-help tools, such as peer counseling, focusing exercises, relaxation and stress reduction. Classes are free and open to all members of the public. Merrifield Peer Resource Center, 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, First Floor East, Fairfax, VA 22031 Wednesdays, March 6 through April 24, 10 a.m. to noon Reston Wellness Center, 1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Suite 200, Reston, VA 20190 Wednesdays, March 6 through April 24, 10 a.m. to noon South County Recovery Drop-In Center, 8794-S Sacramento Drive, Alexandria, VA 22309 Saturdays, April 20 through June 8, 2 to 4 p.m. Arlington Peers Helping Peers In Recovery, 3219 Columbia Pike, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22204 Tuesdays, April 23 through June 11, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Merrifield Peer Resource Center, 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, 1st Floor East, Fairfax, VA 22031 Thursdays, April 25 through June 13, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Consumer Wellness Center Annandale, 7611 Little River Turnpike, Suite 260, Annandale, VA 22003 Thursdays, April 25 through June 13, 1 to 3 p.m. To register, contact Michelle Hurrell (703-964-6073), Special Projects Coordinator of Recovery Program Solutions of Virginia Inc. and provide your name, email address, phone number, and preferred class session. Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. For information, call 703-324-7000.

Chalkboard with "Stand up to stigma - let's talk about mental health" written on it

February 19, 2019
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) has awarded mini-grants for seven projects, all planned and led by young people, which aim to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues among their peers. Each of the projects will be implemented beginning February 22, 2019. Funding for the CSB's mini-grant program for youth-led projects is from a regional suicide prevention grant from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. "The purpose of the program is to empower and educate our youth, so that they know how to recognize a mental health concern in themselves or someone else, and won’t hesitate to get help," said Marla Zometsky, Manager of CSB's Wellness, Health Promotion and Prevention services. The grants were awarded to schools and organizations to create the following programs: Using Positivity to Improve Teenage Girls Confidence and Mental Health (Lake Braddock Secondary School) Walk in Our Shoes (Community Preservation & Development Corporation) Highway Kids (Gum Springs Community Center) Human Rights Club (Centreville High School) Plug in & Plug Out (Girl Scouts at Fairview Elementary School) Think Positive: Youth Breaking Stigma and Increasing Awareness in other Youth! (West African Community Collaborative) WE are with YOU! (Southgate Community Center) "One in every five people in the U.S. experiences a mental health disorder every year-mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression, are common and treatable, but people are often reluctant seek help because of the misunderstanding and stigma they may experience due to their diagnosis," Zometsky added. By providing resources for youth-led projects, the CSB seeks to inspire young people to be the driving force for a positive culture change to eliminate the stigma around mental illness. The CSB has also spear-headed other youth initiatives, including: A Youth Council, established in 2017, which is open to all teens who are interested in helping create substance-free schools and communities. The Youth Council meets monthly and is slated to meet Thursday, February 21 at the CSB’s Merrifield Center, 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive at 7 p.m. Heads Up, launched in January 2019, is a weekly drop-in group for teens between 14-17 who are working through emotional, mental health, or substance use challenges. Together, with other teens, they are learning about strategies to cope, be more resilient, as well as enjoy leisure activities and snacks. Learn more about the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.  

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February 12, 2019
An estimated 30 million people in the U.S. have an eating disorder in any given year. Despite the stereotype that eating disorders affect predominantly young women and teens, nearly one-third of those with eating disorders are men. More than 13% of women over 50 also engage in disordered eating. It’s an issue that impacts all communities. National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, from February 25 through March 3, highlights the problem and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board's Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention team encourages people to get screened online, at no cost and confidentially encourages people to , at no cost and confidentially, through our website. In the last 30 days, of those individuals in our community who took the online screening for disordered eating through our website, 45% scored “at risk” and 27% “may be at risk.” Some eating disorders include: Anorexia Nervosa – characterized by an obsessive fear of weight gain, which can lead to calorie restricting, purging calories, and compulsive exercise. Binge Eating Disorder – characterized by frequent and compulsive overeating, marked by distress and lack of control. Bulimia Nervosa – characterized by bingeing and purging food. Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED) – there are many ways in which people might engage in disordered eating behaviors, and sometimes they don’t fit neatly into a defined disorder. This can include body dysmorphic disorder, obsessive thoughts related to body size, and orthorexia, a preoccupation with healthy eating, “clean foods,” and excessive exercise. Eating disorders are mental health conditions with physical symptoms. Like any mental health disorder, there are barriers to treatment, with more than 70% of those with eating disorders not getting help. Eating disorders are the most fatal mental health disorders, both because of the physical complications of disordered eating, and because it leads some of its sufferers to suicide. Additionally, according to the National Eating Disorder Association, eating disorders affect people from all demographics and all ethnicities; people of color are significantly less likely to receive help for their eating issues. But with screenings, early detection, and treatment, up to 80% of those who get help for an eating disorder are able to recover or improve significantly. Treatment can vary widely and could include therapy, group sessions, guidance from nutritional professionals, or medication. Someone with an eating disorder will also be living with another mental health disorder, like anxiety or bipolar disorder, and so working with a mental health professional can make it easier to address all causes of disordered eating. Take an online mental health screening and share this link with others in your life. You might not know who could be silently struggling with disordered eating: http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/northern-virginia.  

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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6:30PM, All are welcome to attend this joint meeting of the WIN Employment/…

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7:00PM, What is the Youth Council? The Youth Council is a group of high…

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4:00PM, Meeting of the CSB Compliance Committee. Meeting materials

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5:00PM, Meeting of the CSB Executive Committee. Meeting materials

About the Health & Human Services System

The Community Services Board is a part of the Fairfax County Health & Human Services System (HHS). The HHS System is a network of county agencies and community partners that support the well-being of all who live, work, and play in Fairfax County.