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

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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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August 21, 2019
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) expanded the County’s online youth suicide prevention training modules this school year with two new online options focused on trauma-informed care practices for students ages pre-K through grade 12 and a suite of healthcare options (for nurses, clinic staff, and others in the healthcare field).  Fairfax County contracts with Kognito, a leader in online and mobile learning experiences, for online youth suicide prevention training. Kognito’s online courses use role-play conversations with virtual humans to prepare users to effectively manage challenging conversations about health. Several empirical studies have shown that Kognito simulations result in statistically significant and sustainable changes in user's attitudes, skills, and behaviors.  Previously, online training offerings included: At-risk for elementary, middle, and high school trainings designed to prepare educators and other adults in the community to recognize when a young person shows signs of psychological distress and how to talk with a young person and connect them to supports; Step in Speak Up!, a 30-minute online module, helps concerned adults support youth who may be struggling due to harassment or exclusion related to gender identity, orientation or other differences; and  Friend2Friend, a 30-minute online simulation geared towards teens, gives high school-aged teens a chance to practice helpful ways to talk with a friend who may be struggling with emotional or mental health distress. In line with the County and FCPS trauma-informed initiatives, the expanded suite includes a 40-minute Trauma-Informed Practices for k-12 schools, a 40-minute Building Respect: Bullying Prevention, a 30-minute simulation for those working with military-connected youth to help with transitions and a 60-minute simulation for all students on resiliency and responding to loss in a school.  The healthcare suite has simulations for providers interested in screening and brief intervention with adolescents and talking about opioid use disorder with patients. Several of the healthcare simulations offer continuing education credits.  All of these are now available for the general public through the CSB’s website, 24/7 or visit https://fairfax.kognito.com and create a personalized, secure, password-protected user account.  Kognito trainings are funded by the CSB, regional Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia (SPAN), the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and Fairfax County Public Schools.  Learn more about what you can do to help prevent the tragedy of suicide.   

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August 14, 2019
In support of The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) System Transformation Excellence and Performance (STEP-VA) program, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) now offers all clients outpatient primary care screenings. The goal of the CSB, and of behavioral health service organizations across the Commonwealth, is to increase overall client wellness, prevent health-related crises and reduce trips to hospitals and emergency rooms.  As of July 1, the primary screenings became an additional DBHDS requirement for all CSB clients across the state, within 90 days of intake appointments. The Fairfax-Falls Church CSB had already implemented the screening program prior to the new requirement and more than 90% of clients had already had blood pressure, height, weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) screenings, according to Shana Grady, Ph.D., Healthcare Integration Manager for the CSB. “Research indicates that people with mental illnesses die 25 years younger than the general population- not from their mental illness, but from chronic, often preventable health conditions due to lack of access to healthcare. This new requirement is an added boost for CSB clients to help them strive towards and enjoy full health.” The CSB established a BeWell healthcare integration initiative in 2015. BeWell features health coaches who work with CSB clients to develop and implement individualized wellness plans. “The program is about overall fitness-mental and physical,” said Dr. Grady. “The new STEP-VA screening program will enable to help us impact more people. We’ve seen more than 60% of participants report improve functioning in everyday life. Clients realize they’re not alone in their journey and we’re here to help them achieve what they want to achieve.”   Learn more about integrated care or the CSB’s BeWell program and learn how CSB clients are impacted.

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August 13, 2019
Know a young person in the midst of a struggle? Help teens develop strategies and tools to manage stress and weather life’s tough moments. The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) hosts an open weekly “drop in” group called “Heads Up” where teens can meet with other young people, in a facilitated discussion group, learn how to collaborate, listen and learn from peers.  The weekly chat group started in February and has been growing steadily. No registration is necessary and there is no cost for the program. The discussions center around the eight dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.  Last week, a psychiatrist who works in CSB’s emergency services, with a background in ADHD research, engaged the group in a lively, interactive discussion that was clear, focused and entertaining.  This week, on Thursday, August 15, a representative from Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court is scheduled to attend.  Previous group discussions have addressed topics such as: depression, substance (drug) use, anxiety, sexual identity, and harmful/negative thinking.  Concurrently with the youth group, there is a parent group, “Talk It Out” that meets in a separate room. Parents share thoughts, support, and encouragement with each other and CSB therapists help with group facilitation. Both groups meet weekly: Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Merrifield Center, 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, 22031.  “Heads Up” meets in Room 3-332 and “Talk It Out” meets in Room 3-207-B. Questions? Contact Birgit Snellenburg or LaVurne Williams or call 703-219-2560.

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August 6, 2019
Want to decrease stigma of seeking help for mental health support in our communities? Don’t miss an opportunity to apply for a mini-grant, with $6,000 available in total, for requests not to exceed $1,000 each. Grant funds are used to highlight youth-led and youth-planned activities surrounding mental health stigma reduction and suicide prevention. Funds are made available through a grant from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB). A Request for Proposals will be released on September 3, 2019, and be posted here. Grant recipients earlier this year created innovative and impactful programs with grant funding. Read about their successes:  We Are With You:  This amazing group of youth leaders provided a mental health stigma project entitled “We Are With You” to after-school program participants at the Southgate Community Center. The purpose of this project was to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. They aimed to not only improve self-confidence and self-esteem, but to also provide these young people with the tools needed to provide support to their peers. They discussed topics like stress, conflict, and anxiety to challenge negative stereotypes. The youth leaders performed research to plan for each topic covered, prepared the supplies and materials for each activity, and were instrumental in implementing all the activities covered in their program. Check out this short video of one of their workshops. Using Positivity to Improve Teenage Girls Confidence: Approximately 2,100 students who attend Lake Braddock Secondary School will be able to reap the benefits of the "Using Positivity to Improve Teenage Girls Confidence" project. This group of dedicated young people created an initiative that provided confidence boosts and positive self-talk tools for their peers by painting positive messages on the stalls and walls of girl’s locker rooms and restrooms throughout the school. They were also able to provide information about mental health resources to the students by attaching these resources to all the bathroom stall doors. Great job ladies! Human Rights Club: Students in the Human Rights Club at Centreville High School presented an optional in-service to 51 school staff members in June 2019 about working with the LGBTQ+ community. The HRC purchased t-shirts for the club members, refreshments for the staff presentation, and informative posters to keep up year-round in the school. Thanks to the Human Rights Club these teachers will be able to positively impact the hundreds of students that they come across each year. Their presentation focused on mental health statistics for the LGBTQ+ population, discussed the use of pronouns, and these wonderful students shared personal stories of the impact that intolerance and a lack of acceptance has had on their lives. We are truly thankful for the Human Rights Club! West African Collaborative: The West African Collaborative used their grant to provide workshops for 40 students that focused on mental health awareness. These young people were able to replace stigma with evidence-based information about the signs, symptoms and effects of mental health diagnoses. Not only did they learn this information for themselves, but they also created 10-minute presentations to inform others. These young leaders also learned tools for coping with stress, depression and bullying and informed their peers on ways that could also use the identified coping mechanisms. Their program not only focused on learning about mental illnesses, but also taught skills to properly manage personal emotions and verbalize them through healthy avenues such as poetry, storytelling and art. Keep up the good work West African Collaborative, we are in awe of your dedication and hard work! Can We Talk: Can We Talk provided insight to 20 youths on mental health disorders such as anxiety, autism, ADD/ADHD, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Throughout the four-day campaign, teens were able to have open conversations, as well as do activities and create social media posts surrounding mental health. The purpose of their campaign was to bring awareness to mental health and reduce the stigma that surrounds it. These youth leaders also learned self-care techniques while also creating social media campaigns. Finally, all participants took a pledge to stop bullying in the community and created a poster to show that bullying is not tolerated in Stony Brook. Wonderful job! Walk in Our Shoes (CPDC): Throughout a course of three months, Ayesha Abdullahi and Ahlam Ali (of CPDC) met with a hundred students at five different affordable housing sites (Island Walk, Cameron Crescent, Cedar Ridge, West Glade, and Stonegate apartments) to provide interactive lessons about mental health awareness. Throughout the project, the pair taught youth how to stop or reduce stigma, how to cope with both mental health conditions and the stigma that comes along with them, and how to help someone with a mental health condition - both dealing with students with mental disabilities and helping them find the resources to get better. During their initiative they were able to engage students from first through 12th grades! Way to go CPDC! Highway Kids: The Highway Kids utilized their grant to create an original documentary centered around a teen-led group discussion about mental health, and challenged the negative stigmas associated with the certain terms used to describe mental illness. They project that their documentary will be able to reach at least 300 young people, and we cannot wait to see the final project! Congratulations to the Highway Kids.

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July 30, 2019
Are you looking for a way to give back to your local community? Do you have experience with and knowledge about services for persons with disabilities? Then we invite you to consider applying to be part of the Waiver Slot Assignment Committee (WSAC) serving Fairfax County. The Waiver Slot Assignment Committee, appointed by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), determines which individuals are eligible for available IDD Medicaid waiver slots. The committee will be comprised of people with diverse personal and professional backgrounds, as well as varied knowledge and expertise, and appointees will not have a conflict of interest. WSAC will review the needs of individuals applying for a waiver slot and prioritize those with the greatest need for assignment of the available slot(s).  Who can apply? Family members of an individual currently receiving services. Graduate students studying a human services field (e.g., psychology, social work) or special education. University professors of a human services field. Member/staff member/board member of an advocacy agency that does not provide any direct services (e.g., Center for Independent Living, local Arc, autism advocacy agency). Current special education teachers/transition coordinators. Nurses/physicians. Retired or former (for over one year) CSB, private provider, or health and human services state employees. Clergy members. Who cannot apply? Nominated members may not be any person with a direct or indirect interest in the outcome of the proceedings such as: Current CSB employees or board members. Current employees, owners, or board members of any agency providing waiver services, unless serving on a WSAC in an area in which the provider does not provide services. Family members of individuals seeking waiver services. DBHDS employees. What will WSAC members do? Participate in training provided by DBHDS. Review information presented regarding nominees for vacant waiver slots. Hold confidential all information reviewed. Participate in meetings to determine the assignment of one or many waiver slots at a time, depending on slot availability. Some meetings may be scheduled as in-person events, requiring travel to the designated meeting location. Others (particularly for the assignment of a single slot) may be arranged as conference calls.  While committee members are technically volunteers, DBHDS will provide stipends for time/travel; $25 - $50 for participating in face-to-face committee meetings which require travel, or $25 for participating in meetings conducted via telephone. Read the introduction letter to possible WSAC nominees and the parameters for WSAC members for more information. Interested in volunteering for the Fairfax-Falls Church area committee? Download the application now and submit to Victor Mealy. Questions? Contact Victor Mealy (703-324-4446).

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9:30AM, Join Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board's Youth &…

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10:30AM, 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.