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.

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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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May 16, 2019
Memory of childhood experience is stored in the body, not just the mind. From that first spark of life, experience has a profound impact on who we are and who we will become.  In recent decades, there has been an explosion of new understanding – beginning with the Adverse Childhood Experience, or “ACE” study – about how and why adversity and trauma can reliably predict risks for mental, physical, behavioral health and productivity in the population. What’s predictable is preventable – because of recent discoveries in neuroscience, epigenetics, epidemiology, and resilience studies, we can understand how protection, prevention, and resilience promotion can profoundly improve health, safety and productivity, and reduce public and private costs now and for generations to come. The “Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences” presentation includes in-depth information about: The neurobiological effects of adversity on development. The impacts of childhood adversity and trauma on population health. Resilience – what we can all do to improve health and well-being across the lifespan. Contact us if your group or organization would like to get more information on ACE training or schedule a customized presentation. Building partnerships for self-healing communities The Fairfax County Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Interface Master Trainer team, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, recently held the state’s first cohort of ACE Presenter training in Fairfax City. Attendees included the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, nonprofit partners (Cornerstones, Shelter House, Court Appointed Special Advocates), parent organizations (Fairfax County Council of PTAs, Formed Families Forward), and county staff from Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, the Department of Family Services, Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, and the Department of Housing and Community Development, as well as psychologists and social workers from Fairfax County Public Schools. The goal of this effort is to improve the health and well-being of individuals by empowering the community’s ability to support individuals who have experienced traumatic events by providing supportive trauma-informed strategies and services, helping to build a self-healing community. ACE Interface Presenters spent two days immersed in content, learning the science of ACEs and joining a growing movement to address this important public health issue. Karla Bruce, Fairfax County’s Chief Equity Officer, spoke to the group about historical trauma and its impact on equity in our county, culture and larger society. The 29 trainees will provide education throughout our community about how adverse childhood incidents can have an effect on people throughout their lives, and how to promote resilience.  

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May 16, 2019
Adolescence is a difficult time for teens and their parents. This time of year, with exams, tests, social events, and the upcoming end of the school year, emotions and stress can be exacerbated. It can be difficult to know when adolescents are experiencing regular teen moodiness and when they might be struggling with their mental health. More than 22 percent of people between 13 and 18 will experience a mental health or substance use problem in a given year, and most don’t receive treatment. It’s important for teens to feel comfortable talking to trusted adults in their life and seeking help before they reach a crisis. Learn how to recognize signs of mental health problems in your teen. The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention team has tools that can help. The "test your mood" free online screening and mental health first aid courses are designed by experts and can help teens and families understand what they’re feeling and why. (The screenings are also available in Spanish.) Open the conversation about mental health with your teen, so if they feel like they’re struggling, they know they have a support system. Encourage open dialogue. Here are more steps parents and caring adults can take: Ask – Pick a time that feels comfortable, this might be when you’re in the car together, doing the dishes, or right before bed, and ask your teen how they’re doing. You can start by commenting on something you’ve noticed, in a neutral way, like, "I noticed you haven’t been hanging out with your friends as often as you used to. Is everything okay?" or "How are you feeling? It seems like things have been hard lately." *It’s a good idea, if you suspect they may be experiencing depression, to ask them if they’ve considered hurting themselves, or if they have thoughts of suicide. Talking about it won’t put the idea in their head, but it could save their life. Listen – The most important thing you can do for your teen is to listen without judgement to what they’re experiencing and how they feel. Try to really understand and empathize with what they’re telling you, and don’t make assumptions or jump to conclusions. Validate – Just because they’re young doesn’t mean they don’t have real stress and real emotional turmoil. Make sure as you talk with them, you don’t brush away their feelings as “just” teen angst. It’s also really important to let them know that mental health disorders are common and treatable. It will get better for them, even if they’re going through a rough patch. Talk about next steps – If they’ve been open to talking to you about what they’re going through, discuss what ways they might be comfortable to get help. Mental health and wellness issues are not a one-time conversation. Letting them know that you’re there for them, that you care, and that you will support them in anything they’re dealing with can help your child navigate the bumpy teen years. Interested in learning about more tools to understand teen mental health issues? Enroll in one of the CSB’s Mental Health First Aid courses to learn about mental health conditions and what you can do to help. If you need help... For information on CSB services, call CSB Entry & Referral at 703-383-8500,TTY 711, or come directly to the Merrifield Center for a screening, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Emergency mental health services are available 24/7 by calling 703-573-5679, TTY 711, or come directly to the Merrifield Center's lower level. The Fairfax Detoxification Center is also available 24/7 at 703-502-7000, TTY 703-322-9080.  

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May 3, 2019
“These videos give me hope.  I don’t feel hopeless after watching them." "These videos are very relatable." "The song choices really speak to me." "I like that it uses the word ‘dope.’ That’s what we say – not opioids. ‘Dope’ can cover a broad range of drugs and it’s a very good choice to use that word." "The video is very relatable – the careers are ones that I could have had, and my friends have." "This is a strong message and the videos are powerful. Love them." "The video is inspirational – it makes me want to help others (maybe even work for CSB).” These are the words shared by individuals being treated for opioid and heroin dependency by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB). As Fairfax County prepared to create a public education campaign on the life-threatening dangers of drug addiction and how to get help, the CSB stepped up to host focus groups to help test and create messages that would resonate with young people, the population most heavily impacted by opioid use disorder. The new campaign "#CouldBeYou" features images and short videos to be incorporated into digital spaces targeting people ages 14-35. The pieces depict a loss of potential and sacrificed futures, which are feelings commonly expressed by people struggling with substance use disorder. “It was extraordinarily valuable to take the time to research images, music and messaging that would be relatable to people – and their families – who are struggling with these issues, and to help figure out what would motivate people to seek help,” said Linda Girardi, Creative Director with Eastern Research Group (ERG), who helped create the campaign. “The goal of this campaign is to reduce internal stigma in people who are struggling with opioid use disorder so that they will be more inclined to seek treatment.” CSB clients formed into focus groups and were eager to provide their opinions and feedback. Materials were edited and finalized based on this feedback. Staff from ERG worked to create a series of videos that will be placed online and will be targeted to reach a cross-section of audiences. The first phase will last three months, moving into a second phase for three additional months based on the results. Among the measurement tools, staff will evaluate calls to CSB’s Fairfax Detoxification Center, visits to CSB’s walk-in centers for assessments, as well as web analytics and digital shares. #CouldBeYou is funded by the Fairfax County Opioid Task Force and made possible through generous funding from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, who are taking active and multi-pronged strategies to address the opioid and heroin epidemic. In addition to funding additional school substance abuse counselors, a new anti-drug community coalition, new treatment funds, and drug take-back boxes at all local police district stations, the Board of Supervisors recently filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers to hold them accountable for the significant impact caused by manufacturing and marketing drugs of highly addictive components. Learn more about the Fairfax County Opioid Task Force and actions underway to address the opioid public health crisis. Need help with a substance abuse issue? Call the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board: Emergency Services (24/7) – 703-573-5679 (TTY 711) Fairfax Detoxification Center (24/7) – 703-502-7000 (TTY 703-322-9080) CSB Entry & Referral Services – 703-383-8500 Call 911 for life-threatening emergencies

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May 1, 2019
Nearly 1 in 5 people experience a mental health concern each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Mental illness, including depression, substance use disorders, anxiety, or psychosis can happen to anyone. When people suffer physical symptoms such as an aching back or broken bone, they seek medical attention. But not so for people who struggle with mental issues. Why not take the opportunity this month to learn more about increasing awareness of mental health, health habits, and how to protect and maintain emotional health and well-being? Help shine a light on mental health and awareness and work to eliminate stigma surrounding mental illness. Attend the following events this month: May 8 at 1 p.m. – Join the new Community Drug-Free Coalition, forming now! Thomas Jefferson Library May 9 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Children’s Mental Health Open House, Merrifield Center May 16 at 7 p.m. – Quarterly Diversion First Stakeholders meeting, Fairfax County Government Center May 16 at 7 p.m. – CSB Youth Council meeting, Merrifield Center May 17 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. – Community Conversation on Youth Stress, FCPS Virginia Hills Administrative Center May 20 at 6:30 p.m. – Learn how to get involved in regional suicide prevention efforts! Merrifield Center May 21 at 8:30 a.m. – Have breakfast with us as we celebrate the CSB's 50th anniversary! Prior to the Board of Supervisors meeting, observance and recognition of CSB’s 50th Anniversary, Fairfax County Government Center May 23 at 2 p.m. – Attend a ceremony honoring the graduates of the Veterans Treatment Docket, Fairfax County Courthouse May 23 at 5 p.m. – Community workshop: sleep and its impact on your food, mood, and behavior, Merrifield Center Or anytime: Enroll in one of CSB’s Mental Health First Aid courses. Mental Health First Aid is a public education program offered by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board that can help communities understand mental illnesses, seek timely intervention, and save lives. Mental health first aid introduces risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, helps build understanding of importance of early intervention and teaches participants how to help someone in crisis. The CSB offers courses for adults, older adults, people who work with youth, higher education, and those who serve in public safety roles. CSB’s REVIVE! courses train people on what to do, and not to do, in an overdose situation, how to administer life-saving Naloxone and what to do afterwards. The courses are free, about an hour long, and offered across Fairfax County and the Cities of Falls Church and Fairfax year-round. Not feeling quite right, but not sure what’s up? Take one of CSB’s free, confidential online mental health screenings. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional Join our conversation on mental health by signing up to receive the weekly CSB News, follow the CSB on Twitter and “like” the CSB on Facebook. Get involved, learn more, help your community and reduce stigma. Help is available, treatment works and people do recover. Call the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board for guidance and resources at 703-383-8500 (TTY 711). CSB Emergency Services are available 24/7 at 703-573-5679 (TTY 711). Call 911 for a life-threatening emergency.

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April 30, 2019
County holds Children’s Mental Health Forum May 9 to raise awareness According to a new study released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” was associated with a 28.9% increase in suicide rates among U.S. youth ages 10-17 in the month (April 2017) following the show's release, after accounting for ongoing trends in suicide rates. The study was published in Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The findings highlight the necessity of using best practices when portraying suicide in popular entertainment and in the media. The study was conducted by researchers at several universities, hospitals and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health. NIMH also funded the study. The number of deaths by suicide recorded in April 2017 was greater than the number seen in any single month during the five-year period examined by the researchers. This was a national study, but the results remind us that adolescents are vulnerable to media programming. There are things you can do in Fairfax County to learn more about ways to help someone who might be at risk of self-harm: Learn the warning signs and symptoms of depression by taking a Youth Mental Health First Aid course offered by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board. Take a free, confidential, online “mood screening” offered on the CSB’s website. Attend the CSB’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness Open House on Thursday, May 9; events include educational panels and screenings around mental health and suicide prevention. Make sure to know and share the numbers for PRS CrisisLink hotline and textline; they’re free, confidential and non-judgmental. Call 703-527-4077 or text CONNECT to 855-11. Posters and materials are available for download in six languages. Print one out and hang it in your local coffee shop. Learn about local resources and events and access the latest tips and information on the Healthy Minds Blog (including last year’s post on guidance for parents regarding “13 Reasons Why”). Visit our suicide prevention page to learn about mental health services, training and community resources. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, background, or income; it is the third leading cause of death among young people in the Commonwealth of Virginia. If you or someone you care about may be at risk of suicide, reach out for help right away. 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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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.