Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

Fairfax County, Virginia



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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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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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
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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September 18, 2018
According to a new national survey conducted online by the Harris Poll* on behalf of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Americans overwhelmingly (94 percent) believe that suicide can be prevented. The survey also indicated that most (94 percent) would take action to help someone close to them who was thinking about suicide. Would you know what to do if someone you care for were considering suicide? The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) can help. Family members, friends, and coworkers play a large role for being there for someone who might feel alone, helpless or isolated. The CSB sponsors and provides trainings that can help people know what to do and when to do it. Trainings are online or in-person and most are free or may involve a nominal fee. Three ways to boost your knowledge on suicide prevention: Sign up for one of CSB's Mental Health First Aid training courses. Mental Health First Aid Introduces to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches how to help someone who is in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Online trainings by Kognito, a leader in online and mobile learning. Kognito modules include online simulations that help prepare adults, including educators, to recognize when young people exhibit signs of psychological stress and how to address a need for appropriate support. Online screening tools are free, confidential and a quick way to determine whether you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional. There are nine screenings to select, including, covering teen moods, anxiety, depression and others. Other results from the survey indicated: Nearly 4 in 5 adults (78 percent) are interested in learning more about how they might be able to play a role in helping someone who may be suicidal. More than 9 in 10 adults (94 percent) think suicide can be prevented sometimes/often/all the time. Nearly 3 in 4 adults (73 percent) would tell someone if they were having thoughts of suicide – which shows the importance of having non-judgmental conversations. When it comes to their own health, 4 in 5 US adults (80 percent) say mental health and physical health are equally important. In our current health care system, however, most adults (55 percent) say physical health is prioritized over mental health. Almost half (48 percent) of those who have spoken with others about suicide say it makes them feel better – showing that talking about suicide does help. Learn more about the CSB’s resources, partnerships, and opportunities to help prevent suicide. September is National Suicide Prevention Month; get involved and learn more. *A full report on the poll is available at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; afsp.org/harrispoll.    

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September 6, 2018
Recovery is real. It happens every day. Discover hope and help, and help spread the word.   The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) provides assessments, information, treatment and resources for mental health and substance use concerns. In September, the CSB joins tens of millions of people across the nation who promote the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders by observing National Recovery Month. This year’s theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in health, home, purpose and community. The CSB encourages all residents to learn about and celebrate recovery in these five ways: Join the CSB for a free, community-wide Recovery Resource Open House at the Merrifield Center on Wednesday, September 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. Meet a panel of parents who’ve “been there, done that” with their teens who experimented with drugs and alcohol and are now in recovery. Think you know someone with a problem but don’t know where to turn? Learn about CSB treatment services as well private treatment providers from across the region. Learn about music as a recovery tool from Recovery Unplugged, a new addiction treatment program that recently opened in Fairfax County. Music has the power to change lives; you’ll meet musicians and hear their stories and songs. Meet a panel of peers who live in recovery and hear their stories and wellness strategies. Connect with peers in a non-judgmental, stigma-free environment. Sign up for a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) seminar course. All WRAP classes are free and open to the public. A WRAP is a plan that helps guide one’s journey into recovery with hope, personal responsibility, education, self-advocacy, and support. Participants explore self-help tools and resources for keeping themselves well and for coping through difficult times. Seminar I of WRAP is comprised of eight 2-hour classes grounded in mental health recovery concepts. Classes are available in Reston, Annandale, Alexandria, and Arlington starting soon - see the full schedule. Contact Michelle Hurrell at mhurrell@recoveryprograms.us to register or with questions. Recovery Unhooked 3, a FREE electronic dance music and recovery event on Saturday, September 22 at Corner Pocket at the Hub, George Mason University, 4400 Rivanna River Way, Fairfax 22030, 8 p.m. to midnight. No booze. No drugs. Just EDM and dancing. This free event is a Virginia Recovery Initiative and sponsored by Virginia Recovery Initiative for Region II, CSBs across Northern Virginia, and the Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance (SAARA) of Virginia. Pathways to Wellness Conference on Friday, October 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. This 17th annual event will include a community resource fair, presentations, a networking lunch, and afternoon workshops. Apply for a scholarship or purchase your tickets now. For more information or to volunteer, contact Nancy Mercer, Conference Coordinator. Share the voices for recovery with these recovery-themed public service announcements (produced by the Department of Health and Human Services and SAMHSA) Voices for Recovery R is for Recovery A strong, well-informed community can mean stronger social and societal connections, and may help foster participation in recovery programs and improved overall mental wellness. Learn more about Recovery Month.

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September 5, 2018
Studies show a critical need for additional mental health services for older people with major psychiatric illnesses now and an expectation that this need will more than double over the next 25 years. September is Older Virginians Mental Health Month, an annual observance in Virginia to focus on opportunities to highlight mental health needs of our older citizens and promote discussion of strategies to address those needs. There are things all of us can do to equip ourselves with information about older adults dealing with later-life issues. Why not consider enrolling in the CSB’s Mental Health First aid to help Older Adults course? This community-wide training provides participants with important skills to recognize and help older people with mental health concerns or who may be experiencing a mental health crisis. Family members, caregivers, anyone working with older adults, as well as older adults, are encouraged to enroll. Fairfax County’s 50+ Podcast featured CSB staff discussing Mental Health First aid to help Older Adults on their latest edition (22 minutes). It is just as important for older people with symptoms of depression or other mental health concerns to seek treatment as it is for people of other ages. The impact of mental health conditions on older adults can be serious. Learn to recognize these warning signs of depression in older adults, from the National Institute for Mental Health: Noticeable changes in mood, energy level, or appetite. Feeling flat or having trouble feeling positive emotions. Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much. Difficulty concentrating, feeling restless, or on edge. Increased worry or feeling stressed. Anger, irritability or aggressiveness. Ongoing headaches, digestive issues, or pain. A need for alcohol or drugs. Sadness or hopelessness Suicidal thoughts. Feeling flat or having trouble feeling positive emotions. Engaging in high-risk activities. Obsessive thinking or compulsive behavior. Thoughts or behaviors that interfere with work, family, or social life. Unusual thinking or behaviors that concern other people. Additionally, the CSB participates in the Regional Older Adults Facilities Mental Health Support Team (RAFT). For ten years, RAFT staff have provided intensive mental health services to individuals, education and training for staff from long-term care facilities, and case consultations with clinicians regarding challenging behaviors in older adults. Learn more about RAFT, their eligibility requirements, services and mental health resources or visit the RAFT website, hosted by Arlington County. Learn more about services and opportunities for older adults in Fairfax County.

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August 30, 2018
Someone’s brother. Someone’s best friend. Someone’s hero. Each day 174 Americans die from a drug overdose. Every 12 hours someone in Virginia dies of an opioid overdose. It’s time to remember and time to act. You can do something to help. Friday, August 31, is International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. As the number of deaths and overdoses continues to rise, public health officials attribute the increase, in part, to an increasing dependency on prescription drugs. Increased community awareness is a crucial factor to stemming the epidemic. The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) is launching a new educational website - KNOW the RxSK - Use with Caution (KnowRX.org) to help educate the public about the risks of prescription drug misuse and importance of proper disposal. The website features information about opioids, what opioid addiction “looks like,” where to get help across the region, and locations to safely dispose of leftover or expired opioid medications. Help stop opioid dependency in our community; log on, learn, and share. Also, in recognition of Overdose Awareness Day, CSB community partner the Chris Atwood Foundation is holding a free overdose reversal training in memory of those lost to overdose. The event will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Braddock Hall, 9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke, 22015; register to attend the session. Other “REVIVE!” overdose reversal trainings are held several times monthly; all members of the community are encouraged to learn how to save lives by knowing the signs and symptoms of an overdose and how to administer Naloxone. All trainings are FREE. No registration required. Upcoming CSB trainings include: Tuesday, September 4 at 11:30 a.m., Merrifield Center, 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax Sunday, September 16, at 3 p.m., A New Beginning, gym, 4213 Walney Road, Chantilly Thursday, September 20, at 3:30 p.m., Gartlan Center, 8119 Holland Road, Room 168, Alexandria Or see other upcoming REVIVE trainings. Are you concerned about your own opioid use, or the drug use of someone you care about? Call CSB’s Entry & Referral to schedule a confidential screening at 703-383-8500, or call the Fairfax Detoxification Center 24/7 at 703-502-7000. Call 911 if the concern is life-threatening. The tragedy of overdose death IS preventable.  

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About the Health & Human Services System

This is agency 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.