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

Need information & services?

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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April 11, 2019
Community organizers, police officers, social workers, therapists, and school and medical personnel gathered at the Thomas Jefferson Library on April 10 in the first effort to mobilize a new community anti-drug coalition. The coalition effort, led by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) will create and coordinate strategies that encourage a drug-free community. The coalition effort is one of the initiatives funded by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors-led Opioid Task Force strategies. The Fairfax County Opioid Task Force Plan reveals that the rate of overdose visits to Emergency Departments were highest among those age 15-24. When broken down further, school age children made up 22% of overdoses (between 2015-2017), including opioids. Cassandra Robledo from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), an organization that helps guide similar initiatives across the country, is providing support to the new group. “Together, we will come up with a shared mission and vision for the new coalition,” she said. “The purpose of this group is to create better, healthier communities, and it’s exciting to be part of this community-led effort.” CADCA is present in thirty countries in addition to the United States. Attendees discussed a variety of issues during their first meeting, including: vaping, opioid use, access to treatment, trauma, environmental-based strategies, disease and overdose prevention, stigma and education. Marla Zometsky, manager of CSB’s Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention programs, shared, “We will look at what our communities are doing well; we’ll begin with a framework, based on real data and look at how to build and sustain a drug prevention coalition. There are pockets throughout the county that are already doing a great job of addressing these issues, we want to build on that.” Underage drinking, tobacco use, illicit drugs and abuse of medicines have an impact on Fairfax County youth. “Substance abuse is a complex issue that requires efforts from all sectors our community, said Zometsky. “We will be encouraging parents, youth, health professionals, the faith community and business leaders to join us to help inform and protect young people. Everyone can – and needs to be – part of the solution.” The next meeting is scheduled for May 8; for more information contact Coalition Coordinator Lori Naveda, CSB, at 703-538-7476. Currently, there are other ways to be involved in substance use and underage prevention programs in Fairfax County: Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services continues to provide evidence-based drug prevention programming to middle school afterschool programs at recreation and teen centers. CSB launched a Youth Council in 2017; an opportunity for teens to be involved in prevention activities with students from across FCPS. All are welcome. Learn more about ways to prevent teen substance use or to learn about Fairfax County’s Successful Children and Youth Policy Team initiatives.

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April 9, 2019
Each year, the CSB Spirit of Excellence Awards recognize staff whose performance and actions promote, reinforce, or exemplify the CSB’s vision, mission and values. To be considered for a CSB Spirit of Excellence Award, an individual or team must make a deliberate, obvious and valuable contribution through actions in the areas of customer service, Good Samaritan, innovation, leadership, stewardship, partnership (for non-CSB employees), and – new this year – Random Act of Kindness. Staff joined together on April 4 at the Fairfax County Government Center to celebrate the more than 100 individuals who received Honors Awards and Spirit of Excellence Awards.

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April 3, 2019
   Have there ever been periods lasting two weeks or longer when you’ve spent significant time thinking about gambling experiences, planning out future bets, or thinking about ways to get money to gamble with? Have you lied about gambling more than once? If you are concerned about a gambling disorder for yourself, or someone you care about, consider taking the new, confidential online screening available through the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) website. The new gambling disorder screening has been added in an effort to help people evaluate their own conditions and know whether to modify or seek help for gambling behavior. Based on the screening results, you will receive: Recommended next steps. Links to helpful articles and research surrounding the issue. Addiction to gambling is a disorder that impacts the lives of millions of people. There can be devastating and long-lasting effects on a person’s relationships, work, financial security and mental well-being. You are not alone; there are treatment options and recovery is possible. It is vital that those affected consider their options when it comes to treatment and recovery. CSB's Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention program hosts the online tool to screen for nine other mental health conditions in addition to the new gambling screening; including: Alcohol use disorder Substance use disorders Depression (clinical screening and community screening) Adolescent depression Anxiety disorders Psychosis (one version to take about yourself, another to take regarding someone you care about) Bipolar disorders Eating disorders Post-traumatic stress disorder Online screenings are not a substitute for clinical diagnosis or treatment, but they can be helpful in determining if thoughts or behaviors may be associated with a common, treatable mental health issue. For more information about services, contact the CSB at 703-383-8500 (M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., extended hours for youth until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays). In an emergency (24/7), call CSB Emergency Services at 703-573-5679 or the Fairfax Detoxification Center at 703-502-7000, TTY 703-322-9080.  

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April 2, 2019
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, Healthy Minds Fairfax and the Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative are hosting an Open House recognizing National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on Thursday, May 9. Join us to learn about new programs in our community being offered to address children’s mental health challenges. The event features speakers, events for children, professionals, and adults, and will be held at the Merrifield Center from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to participate. National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day shines a national spotlight on the importance of caring for every child’s mental health and reinforces that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development. The May 9 event includes: Hourly speakers... 3:30 p.m.: Lisa Hamp. A survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy, Lisa will describe the skills and tools she used to overcome and thrive despite the trauma she experienced. 4:30 p.m.: Dr. Adelaide Robb. Dr. Robb, Chief of Psychiatry at Children’s National, will share her current research and trends on youth PTSD, stress, and attention deficit disorder. 5:30 p.m.: FCPS students. A panel of FCPS students who are working on community projects to help eliminate mental health stigma and encourage help-seeking behaviors will share their experiences. Attendees will have opportunities to... View and discuss a documentary “More than Sad,” which addresses depression, de-mystifies treatment, and has an encouraging message to those seeking help. Hear from Jen Marr, founder of Inspiring Comfort, which teaches people how to provide comfort to others, effectively and safely. Gain the tools necessary to help youth in our community by attending a resource fair featuring representatives from the CSB’s Turning Point program, Healthy Minds Fairfax, Fairfax County Public Schools Student Wellness, Inova Health Systems, Dominion Hospital, and many others. Ask questions and engage. Enjoy refreshments and camaraderie. All are welcome to attend and learn ways to help the children you care about to live a healthy and substance-free life. Registration is not required. Get a printable flier for this event in English or in Spanish.

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March 20, 2019
Just what is a Peer Support Specialist and how do I become one? Individuals in recovery from mental health challenges, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders are often drawn to careers helping others in recovery. The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board has numerous openings for Peer Support Specialists. Join staff from the CSB's Office of Individual & Family Affairs for a presentation and discussion about working as a Peer Support Specialist. We invite peers, service providers and all those who want to: Use their recovery from substance abuse and/or mental health challenges to help others in recovery. Understand what CSB hiring managers really want in a Peer Support Specialist. Hear from Peer Support Specialists and ask questions about their positions and duties. Better support peers and clients interested in peer support as a career. This session will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Pennino Building (12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Rooms 200/206). To register, please email Cynthia Evans or call 703-207-7769 by Monday, April 1. 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 703-324-7424, TTY 711. For information on how to reach this location using public transportation, visit www.fairfaxconnector.com (703-339-7871, TTY 711) or www.wmata.com (202-637-7000, TTY 202-638-3780).

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Apr

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9:00AM, Meeting of the CSB Fiscal Oversight Committee. Meeting Materials

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20

2:00PM, Take control of your own wellness by creating a “toolbox” of coping…

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12:30PM, Take control of your own wellness by creating a “toolbox” of coping…

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21

3:00PM, REVIVE! trains individuals on what to do and not do in an overdose…

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.