Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

Fairfax County, Virginia



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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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September 16, 2020
September 13-19 is Direct Support Professional Recognition Week and CSB is celebrating our team of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who work with individuals who have intellectual or developmental disabilities.  Barbara Wadley-Young, Ph.D., MSW, Assistant Deputy Director, Community Living & Treatment Services, explains why DSPs are so important: “Our DSPs are invaluable safeguards of our agency responsibility to provide quality residential services to individuals with developmental disabilities. They always show up to work, around the clock and despite hurricanes, snow storms and now pandemics, to ensure that some of our most vulnerable service recipients are safe and receiving needed services.” Nakita Sanders, who joined CSB last year said, “I enjoy working as a DSP, because I can provide support to individuals who need it the most. I love helping our individuals become more independent and confident in their own abilities.” Many of the folks in residential programming came to the CSB following deinstitutionalization in the 1980s, going through many seasons of life together with the staff. Wadley-Young says “Many of the individuals we serve in our residential programs have been with the CSB for decades and they recognize and welcome DSPs as part of their family and friend support network.”  Enjoying the early fall weather on the deck at Midway group home are Logan (staff), Fred, Abigail (staff), Keston, Catherine (staff), and Heather. Abiodun Falowo, a 15-year DSP said, “This work has been a blessing for me. I wasn’t looking to stay this long. I have a bachelors and master’s degrees in information security, but this work has kept me level-headed and humble and there is joy in this work that money cannot buy.” Longtime DSPs are part of incredible progress for some of the individuals they work with. Falowo explained, “Over the years I have seen so much growth take place. One man was so attached to his parents that there were daily and sometime multiple phone calls to them for various reasons. Today he is comfortable in his home, can entertain himself, and is gainfully employed. His parents traveled outside of the country a year ago – that is something they did not feel comfortable doing several years ago because of their son’s anxieties.” Back in March, when everything began shutting down due to COVID-19, CSB knew the individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities would be in good hands. “The diligence that each DSP has shown to protect individuals from the spread of the virus, while also mitigating boredom while safely supporting gradual reengagement in community life has been absolutely invaluable,” said Wadley-Young. CarLa Bryant, Assistant Director of Assisted and Community Residential Services (ACRS), noted “Some of our DSPs had to arrange for unexpected childcare when the schools closed, some work other jobs and had to make decisions about their altered work schedules. We have been very fortunate to have so many of our staff show up consistently during the crisis.” Sherry Hassel, Program Coordinator for ACRS, adds, “Every shift was filled – overnights, holidays, everything – our staff have been outstanding throughout this pandemic.” The pandemic presented other important challenges for DSPs: the day programs that many individuals relied on also closed, leaving them with many more hours at home. DSPs have come up with a variety of creative activities to keep people engaged and to try to keep a sense of normalcy. There have been many new craft projects, lots of neighborhood walks, and outdoor picnics at local parks. Regular routines like family visits were also left in limbo. The DSP staff have worked hard to help keep individuals connected with their families, at first doing virtual visits using newly available webcams, and then setting up safe, socially distanced outdoor get-togethers. Even birthdays are being celebrated in new, fun ways. One group home hosted a small, socially distanced backyard birthday party for a resident, with a few family members attending, and then many more family and friends driving past in decorated cars to honk, cheer, and drop off gifts as the gentleman watched safely from the front porch. Parent Jessica Burmester said, “In this time of limited contact, isolating from the general community due to the pandemic, my son's group home staff have stepped up to ensure that all of his needs are met. He enjoys moving around his home, listening to music, and getting extra attention by staff. He is very happy and is well-cared for.” The requirement to become a DSP in the state of Virginia is to have at least a high school diploma and achieving the Orientation Competency training through Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. DSPs also attend many required CSB-provided trainings and several recertifications over the span of working in this field. But Bryant notes that, “The true way to find a qualified DSP is to listen for the understanding that the men and women who we support are individuals who have talents, gifts and strengths, and just need support in getting to what they want in life. When we find those candidates, they become part of our team.”  The field is also changing. The position used to be one of solely caretaking of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, helping with daily living skills. Today, the primary role of DSPs is to be advocates and teach new skills with the goal of helping people with disabilities to be more independent. With the Department of Justice ruling for the field of Developmental Disabilities in Virginia came a variety of changes for how people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are to be supported. Born out of the DOJ settlement is a focus on ensuring that individuals are informed and understand their rights in many areas such as where to live, who to live with, privacy and day-to-day choices. Over the last twenty years, the role of DSPs has moved away from doing the work for individuals to encouraging and empowering individuals to make choices and decisions for themselves. Today, having a life like yours and mine is the goal for the men and women we support. Wadley-Young sums it up best: “For the CSB and the community, DSP staff are not just essential, they are superheroes. We could not be more appreciative of the compassion and commitment, at any time, and especially during this crisis.”

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September 14, 2020
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board's Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention team focuses on ways to strengthen our community’s emotional health and ability to handle challenges related to mental health concerns and substance misuse. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Join us by taking part in individual and community-wide actions that you can take – virtually and from a safe distance – that promote resiliency, provide support to loved ones and stay connected. There are actions you can take to learn the warning signs for those experiencing a mental health concern and concrete steps to help promote safety in your family and community. Explore our calendar of suggestions and reach out to the prevention team for more information about the activities suggested. Suicide is preventable. Research shows that people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks them in a caring way. If you or someone you know is having a difficult time or having thoughts of suicide, reach out and find hope. Contact CrisisLink to speak with someone. Call 703-527-4077 or text "CONNECT" to 855-11 any time, 24/7. Calendar Resource Links CSB Prevention Team Test your mood Suicide warning signs pocket guide Recovery Program Solutions of Northern Virginia virtual support groups Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia Kevin Hines: www.kevinhinesstory.com Learn how to dispose of medication safely myStrength app: Click on ‘Sign Up’, and enter access code ‘CSBCommunity’ Lock & Talk safe firearm and medication storage and lockandtalk.org Adverse Childhood Experiences training Prevent suicide in BIPOC: afsp.org/elevating-voices-for-long-lasting-change-town-hall-series#part-three--preventing-suicide-in-bipoc-communities--ways-forward  Fairfax County Police Department locations Kognito online suicide prevention training Drug disposal information from the Fairfax County Health Department Mental Health First Aid (virtual training sessions coming soon) REVIVE! opioid overdose reversal training [Get a printable calendar.]

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September 14, 2020
This information is also available in English. Haga clic en la imagen de arriba para obtener un PDF imprimible de este gráfico. La ansiedad e incertidumbre en torno al COVID-19 pueden ser abrumadoras, y producir emociones intensas tanto en niños como en adultos. Cuidarnos, y cuidar a nuestros amigos y a nuestra familia, puede ayudarnos a controlar el estrés. Y si ayudamos a otros a controlar el estrés y el impacto de la pandemia, también podemos fortalecer nuestra comunidad y desarrollar mayor resiliencia. Sus inquietudes son reales Si se siente cada vez más ansioso y preocupado, sepa que no está solo. Tal vez se sienta cansado y esté durmiendo demasiado, o demasiado poco. Posiblemente le esté resultando difícil tomar decisiones y se sienta irritable, enojado o triste. Todas estas son reacciones normales ante la situaciόn difícil provocada por la pandemia de COVID-19. Concéntrese en lo que puede controlar. Manténgase en contacto Tal vez no podamos reunirnos en persona, pero podemos mantenernos en contacto con nuestros seres queridos por teléfono o videollamada. Pídale a un amigo que le brinde compañia y apoyo, y manténgase en contacto con esa persona. Hable con un vecino al aire libre a una distancia segura, o participe en reuniones en línea para no perder contacto. Sea comprensivo consigo mismo y con los demás. Mantenga una rutina Concéntrese en metas razonables. Tome las decisiones más prácticas según la situación. Establezca una rutina diaria y tómese un tiempo para comer, hacer ejercicio, descansar y hacer cosas que le gusten. Manténgase informado, pero evite las noticias le causen angustia. Realice actividades saludables En lo posible, salga a pasear, o simplemente siéntese afuera a tomar un poco de sol. Cierre los ojos, relaje los músculos y respire hondo. No recurra al consumo de alcohol o de otras drogas para afrontar la situación. Está bien pedir ayuda Busque ayuda de inmediato si tiene problemas para sobrellevar la situación, se siente abrumado, está consumiendo drogas o alcohol con más frecuencia, o tiene ideas suicidas. Llame a los Servicios de Emergencia de CSB al 703-573-5679 en cualquier momento, las 24 horas, los siete días de la semana. Llame a la línea directa de PRS CrisisLink al 703-527-4077 o envíe un mensaje de texto con la palabra “connect” (contáctenme) al 855-11. ¿No está seguro de si necesita ayuda? Realice una evaluación en línea gratuita y confidencial. Obtenga más información sobre recursos locales en www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb y haga clic en el globo terráqueo cerca de la parte superior derecha para obtener la traducción al español. Durante este tiempo, CSB ha hecho la transición principalmente a los servicios de telesalud a través de Zoom for Healthcare, por teléfono o video. Obtenga más información sobre los servicios de CSB. Tenemos esperanza. Podemos y vamos a superar esto juntos.

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August 7, 2020
About 1 in 4 people in the United States will be prescribed an opioid medication this year. For many people addiction begins with a legal opioid prescription. Join us to discuss opioids and how YOU can take action to prevent opioid misuse and addiction in your community. Join CSB's Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention team for one of two virtual sessions on How to Prevent Opioid Misuse in Your Community and learn more. August 14, 2020 from 10 to 11 a.m. Register to attend this session August 27, 2020 from 2 to 3 p.m. Register to attend this session Get a printable flyer for these events. 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 (TTY 711). For more information about the sessions, contact Lindsey Henderson of CSB's Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention team.

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August 7, 2020
Click the image for a printable calendar. The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board's Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention team focuses on ways to strengthen our community’s emotional health and ability to handle challenges related to mental health concerns and substance misuse. Opioid addiction is a public health emergency and 54% of individuals who misused pain medicine got them from a friend or relative. International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31, 2020. Join us throughout the month of August by taking part in our calendar of activities that help to raise awareness of overdose, help reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, of substance misuse, and ways to provide support to family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and our community. Learn about International Overdose Awareness Day: www.overdoseday.com Learn about the actions you and your family can take to prevent opioid misuse in our community and fight the opioid epidemic by attending our virtual session "How to Prevent Opioid Misuse in Your Community" on August 14 or August 27. Take part in a REVIVE! training to learn what to do and not do in an overdose situation and how to obtain naloxone, an overdose reversal medication. Learn about the Fairfax Prevention Coalition (FPC) by joining a meeting or signing up for the FPC’s newsletter. Obtain a free lock box to secure your medication. Learn about the CSB’s Lock & Talk initiative Learn about the work of the Fairfax County Opioid and Substance Abuse Task Force. Get the facts about opioid use disorder in Fairfax County Reach out to the Peer Overdose Response Team (PORT) to connect and receive support to individuals who have experience with a substance use or mental health disorder. Learn how to dispose of medications properly by visiting our regional KnowRx.org website. [Get a printable calendar.]

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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.

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