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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January 18, 2019
So that we may better provide services when and where there is a demand for them, site closing times for some Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board locations are being adjusted. These changes will go into effect on Monday, February 4, 2019: Reston Office – Northwest Center will close at 8:30 p.m. rather than 9 p.m. each weeknight. Chantilly location will close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday rather than 9 p.m. Youth Services at the South County Center will be provided each Thursday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. (South County is open until 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.)  

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January 17, 2019
In partnership with the Fairfax Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB), the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), and the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (JDRDC), new efforts are underway to help get more teens get behavioral health support more quickly. Thanks to funds allocated by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2017, the CSB hired two additional behavioral health clinicians, solely dedicated to youth clients directly referred by FCPS staff or who have been diverted from the Juvenile Court. Additionally, FCPS is hiring six new substance abuse prevention specialists, enabling more substance use screenings and referrals for help and resources and more outreach and engagement on alcohol, youth and other substances. It is estimated that the new collaborative program will reach over 40,000 students this year and will enable help for roughly 250 teens with early intervention and referrals. The JDRDC has been actively working to improve and expand their process of identifying youth who can be safely diverted from deeper contact with the court system. Recent efforts have increased screening to determine which teens may benefit from treatment services and other diversion options. “Research and data has shown that introducing low-risk juvenile offenders into the juvenile justice system produces poorer outcomes, particularly for those youth with substance abuse and mental health issues, whose needs can be more appropriately addressed by diverting them to treatment as opposed to formal processing by the court,” said Matt Thompson, Deputy Director for Probation Services with the JDRDC. According to Healthy Minds Fairfax Director Jim Gillespie, “Time to treatment matters. Studies show that early use of drugs and alcohol can be devastating and can result in long-term addiction disorder. The quicker we can provide education, treatment and resources, the better off the child or teen – and our community – will be, and the higher the likelihood of successful recovery.” Healthy Minds is a Fairfax County initiative that aims to improve access to behavioral health services for children, youth and families, and improve the quality of those services, through coordinating a continuum of behavioral health services across multiple county agencies, the school system and a network of private providers.  Key substance use findings from the Fairfax County Youth Survey (see pages 17-76) indicate that youth are reporting the lowest rates of use of cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana in the last five years and that Fairfax is below the national average in use of these substances. However, despite declining trends in use of these substances, Fairfax youth self-report higher than national rates in use of LSD, cocaine, methamphetamines and heroin, and 5% of FCPS students reported taking painkillers without a doctor’s orders in the past month. “Through the new partnership, our goal is to reduce the number of young people misusing prescription medication, which oftentimes is where addiction to opioids begins,” said Stefan Mascoll, Coordinator, Student Safety and Wellness Office, Fairfax County Public Schools. Recent data in 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. There are many ways to be involved in substance use and underage alcohol prevention programs in Fairfax County: Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services continue 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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January 9, 2019
CSB's BeWell team is hosting the first in a series of health and emotional wellness workshops on Thursday, January 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the  Merrifield Center. This hands-on, free community workshop will focus on how food, exercise and sleep affect one’s health, mood and behavior: “You Are What You Eat & What You Do: How Food, Exercise and Sleep Affect Health, Mood and Behavior." Register to attend the workshop.

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January 8, 2019
Youth Council Meeting January 17, 2019 and Learn more about National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, January 22-27, 2019 Are you or your teens concerned about underage use of drugs and alcohol? Do you want to learn the facts and how you can help create substance-free schools and communities? In advance of National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, attend the Fairfax Youth Council meeting, Thursday, January 17, at the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board's Merrifield Center, 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, at 7 p.m. National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, which is January 22–27, links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. Launched in 2010 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), locally planned and hosted school and community events focus on providing teens with the scientific facts about drugs and alcohol. At the January 17 Youth Council event, local teens will engage in conversation to identify new ways to spread the messages of drug prevention and plan activities and public events for 2019. The Youth Council includes high school teens who want to make a difference and to help spread the facts of the impact of a lifestyle that involves drugs and alcohol. These students: Lead school-based prevention activities. Develop their leadership and advocacy skills. Earn volunteer and service hours. Are recognized with certificates for achievement and leadership. Are actively engaged members of the community. Early use of drugs and alcohol causes impairment and can have long-term consequences on a teen brain. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse: Starting drugs during youth affects how bodies and brains grow and increases your chances of becoming addicted during adulthood. Environmental exposure (family or friends) to drugs or early alcohol use can be an influence. Feeling lonely, succumbing to peer pressure, or intrigued by celebrities who use are some risk factors. Develop strategies to cope with these pressures. Drug abuse runs strongly in families; be aware of your family history and the risks. Get involved in activities surrounding National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week and stay informed locally: Join the live web chat on Drugs, Your Body, Your Brain Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day on January 24 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Learn about the Fairfax County Youth Survey; discuss the survey results with your teen. Join the Fairfax Youth Council; learn more at the January 17 meeting or contact CSB's Chad Christian for more information. Individuals of any age seeking help for a mental health and/or substance use concern, may walk in, without appointment, to the CSB’s  Merrifield Center and speak with a staff member in person, rather than initiating contact over the phone. For more information, contact the CSB at 703-383-8500 (M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., extended hours for youth until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays). In an emergency, call CSB Emergency Services at 703-573-5679 or the Fairfax Detoxification Center at 703-502-7000 [TTY 703-322-9080] (both answered 24/7).

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January 7, 2019
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) is once again offering mini-grants for youth-led projects to reduce stigma among their peers, using funds from a suicide prevention grant from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. These mini-grants will fund youth-planned, youth-led projects within Fairfax County, Fairfax City, and Falls Church City. Here are some ideas from previous years' grant awardees: Mountain View Alternative Learning Center conducted a project titled “I’m MINDING My Health,” where 24 students participated in 2-3 days of student-led group activities around the theme of mental health awareness. The group planned for and participated in group activities facilitated by the school’s psychologist, social worker and counselor. They discussed definitions of mental health and strategies they can use to help maintain positive mental health. Using funds from the grant, the students designed posters on that theme and a special bulletin board was set up where students were encouraged to write statements of support for mental health awareness. The Community Preservation and Development Corporation met with 32 youth, from ages 6 to 18 years enrolled in the Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program in the Island Walk community center in Reston. The collective taught the youth how to stop, reduce and cope with stigma relating to mental health conditions. They also learned how to help someone with a mental health challenge and how to find resources for them. McLean High School retained a suicide prevention program, “Sources of Strength,” and paid for training for 40 students to serve as peer leaders and 10 teachers to serve as adult advisors. Sources of Strength is an evidence-based mental health program shown to positively change school culture using an upstream approach to enhance the protective factors among youth, increasing the number of assets in students’ lives. The program trains students as peer leaders and connects them with adult advisors at school and in the community. Proposals are due February 1, 2019. Review the Request for Proposals to find out how to apply, and email csbprevention@fairfaxcounty.gov with questions.  

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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7:00PM, Quarterly Diversion First Stakeholders meeting

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5:00PM, “You Are What You Eat & What You Do: How Food, Exercise and Sleep…

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.