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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September 3, 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, to be completed by June 11, 2020. A total of $6,000 is available, for requests not to exceed $1,000 each. Marla Zometsky, Director of CSB Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention services says that one of the goals of the initiative is to help reduce the stigma around mental illness and to promote help-seeking behaviors "Approximately one in five youth aged 13-18 have or will have a serious mental illness,” says Zometsky. She added, "And suicide is also the third leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24. Mental health disorders are not only common, they are treatable and help is available. Through these youth-led initiatives, we aim to support youth taking the lead to foster a positive atmosphere to promote help-seeking behaviors, reduce stigma and lead the community towards positive change." (Source: National Institute of Mental Health) Here are some ideas from previous years' grant awardees: 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. 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. 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. Proposals are due Friday, September 27, 2019. Review the Request for Proposals to find out how to apply, and email csbprevention@fairfaxcounty.gov with questions.  

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August 28, 2019
Take control of your own wellness by creating a toolbox of coping strategies and resources, and learn how to design your own emotional health recovery plan in one of our eight-week workshops that begin in September. Wellness Recovery Action Plan workshops are free and offered at multiple locations. In partnership with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, staff from the Recovery Program Solutions of Virginia Inc. (RPSV) will lead this program designed to help keep people well and feel better during difficult times. WRAP teaches hope, personal responsibility, self-advocacy and support. Within a group setting, participants will explore self-help tools, such as peer counseling, focusing exercises, relaxation and stress reduction. Classes are free and open to all members of the public. See the full schedule.  

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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. 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 Fairfax County Public Schools trauma-informed initiatives, the expanded suite includes: Trauma-Informed Practices for K-12 schools (40 minutes). Building Respect: Bullying Prevention (40 minutes) A simulation for those working with military-connected youth to help with transitions (30 minutes). A simulation for all students on resiliency and responding to loss in a school (60 minutes). 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 Virginia 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, 2019, 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 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, who has 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 on Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the 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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UPCOMING EVENTS

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11:30AM, REVIVE! trains individuals on what to do and not do in an overdose…

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18

9:00AM, Join us to learn about employment and day options for individuals…

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18

4:00PM, Meeting of the CSB Compliance Committee. Meeting materials

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5:00PM, Meeting of the CSB Executive Committee. Meeting materials

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.