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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Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Extended youth hours until 7 p.m. on Tues.)

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CSB News

Words "let's get real" and photos of several people for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

February 12, 2019
An estimated 30 million people in the U.S. have an eating disorder in any given year. Despite the stereotype that eating disorders affect predominantly young women and teens, nearly one-third of those with eating disorders are men. More than 13% of women over 50 also engage in disordered eating. It’s an issue that impacts all communities. National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, from February 25 through March 3, highlights the problem and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board's Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention team encourages people to get screened online, at no cost and confidentially encourages people to , at no cost and confidentially, through our website. In the last 30 days, of those individuals in our community who took the online screening for disordered eating through our website, 45% scored “at risk” and 27% “may be at risk.” Some eating disorders include: Anorexia Nervosa – characterized by an obsessive fear of weight gain, which can lead to calorie restricting, purging calories, and compulsive exercise. Binge Eating Disorder – characterized by frequent and compulsive overeating, marked by distress and lack of control. Bulimia Nervosa – characterized by bingeing and purging food. Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED) – there are many ways in which people might engage in disordered eating behaviors, and sometimes they don’t fit neatly into a defined disorder. This can include body dysmorphic disorder, obsessive thoughts related to body size, and orthorexia, a preoccupation with healthy eating, “clean foods,” and excessive exercise. Eating disorders are mental health conditions with physical symptoms. Like any mental health disorder, there are barriers to treatment, with more than 70% of those with eating disorders not getting help. Eating disorders are the most fatal mental health disorders, both because of the physical complications of disordered eating, and because it leads some of its sufferers to suicide. Additionally, according to the National Eating Disorder Association, eating disorders affect people from all demographics and all ethnicities; people of color are significantly less likely to receive help for their eating issues. But with screenings, early detection, and treatment, up to 80% of those who get help for an eating disorder are able to recover or improve significantly. Treatment can vary widely and could include therapy, group sessions, guidance from nutritional professionals, or medication. Someone with an eating disorder will also be living with another mental health disorder, like anxiety or bipolar disorder, and so working with a mental health professional can make it easier to address all causes of disordered eating. Take an online mental health screening and share this link with others in your life. You might not know who could be silently struggling with disordered eating: http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/northern-virginia.  

Graphic about Coats for Kids initiative with coat, hat, gloves and scarf.

February 5, 2019
CSB Youth & Family Outpatient staff are holding a coat drive to benefit CSB clients and the community. Bring new or gently used coats, hats, scarves and gloves to one of these CSB offices by Thursday, February 28, 2019: Chantilly Office, 14150 Parkeast Circle, Suite 200, Chantilly, VA 20151 Merrifield Center, 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031 Reston Office, 1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Suite 600, Reston, VA 20190 South County Office, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309 Get a printable Coats for Kids flier.

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January 31, 2019
Did you know that Fentanyl overdose deaths have increased by 1,337% in Virginia since 2009, and annual opioid deaths in Fairfax County increased from 64 in 2015 to 114 in 2017? Those sons, daughters, parents, neighbors, loved ones, friends and colleagues lost represent an increase of 78% from 2015 to 2017. Thousands more in our communities struggle with substance use disorders (addiction), but the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) is here to help people with opioid dependency. The CSB established an Addiction Medicine Clinic (AMC) in fall of 2018 at the agency’s Merrifield Center. The AMC provides safe detoxification services in an outpatient setting that enables individuals to remain within the community throughout their recovery process. The AMC provides a 28-day detoxification protocol that includes: Counseling. Substance abuse education. Medical and psychiatric evaluations. Detoxification. Medication. Referral for medical, psychological and substance abuse services. Addiction medication maintenance for people engaged in or who have completed another treatment program and would like to continue MAT or who would benefit from ongoing medication services while staff continues to stay involved and connected with the individual. Currently, the AMC has roughly 120 people enrolled in services. Beginning February 4, a new service, "Office-Based Opioid Treatment" (OBOT) will be available to people who are in need of opioid dependency services. OBOT is a state-of-the-art, evidence-based outpatient treatment program that consists of three cyclical phases. Newly enrolled individuals will be in the first phase; the AMC is now welcoming approximately 4-6 new people each week into treatment. Phases two and three help people manage their medication-assisted treatment, help with individual and group therapy, and provide a structured clinical treatment setting for each person. The entire phased process lasts roughly from 12-16 weeks. Once an individual successfully completes those phases, they graduate into a maintenance program where CSB staff will continue with regular check-ins and follow up counseling as needed. "Our treatment teams are comprised of a prescriber (medical doctor, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner), a nurse, a behavioral health specialist/counselor and a pharmacy representative, and they’re all enthusiastic about the expansion and development of our new opioid dependency treatment programs. These are the types of programs that truly make a difference in the lives – and save lives – of people who face serious physical and emotional struggles. With OBOT, there is no judgement if someone experiences a relapse, no bridges are burned and we provide an extraordinarily positive environment, overall. We want the people we work with to be successful in their journeys back to good health and into recovery,” said Debra S. O’Beirne, Clinical Director of the AMC. "There are many doors to sobriety with CSB; people can call our detox center on the phone, engage in a screening, and (based on the assessment) come see us the same day. People with opioid disorder are a priority for us; we care about them and we want to help.”  To access OBOT, individuals can call the CSB’s Addiction Medicine Clinic at 703-559-3188 for a phone screening. There is help; there is hope. Learn more about the CSB’s treatment services, heroin and opioid dependence, and how to seek help.  

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January 18, 2019
OPEN HOUSE Learn about our NEW Teen & Parent Recovery Groups Teens between the ages of 14-17 who are working through emotional, mental health or substance use challenges are encouraged and welcome to attend this open house with their parents to find out more about our new Heads Up and Talk It Out sessions. Find out more about the event.  

Photo of bright flowers with the words 'be good to yourself'

January 18, 2019
No one can avoid the unexpected. With thousands of residents in our community impacted by the government shutdown, coping can be hard. Research shows that people react differently to uncertainty, and that those with a higher intolerance for uncertainty may be less resilient and more prone to low mood, negative or down feelings and anxiety. There are steps that can help. The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB), per the American Psychological Association, encourages the following: Engage in self-care. Don’t let stress derail your healthy routines. Make efforts to eat well, exercise and get enough sleep. Many people find stress release in practices such as yoga and meditation. Seek support from those you trust. Many people isolate themselves when they’re stressed or worried. But social support is important, so reach out to family and friends. Control what you can. Focus on the things that are within your control, even if it’s as simple as weekly meal planning or laying out your clothes the night before a stressful day. Establish routines to give your days and weeks some comforting structure. Be kind to yourself. Some people are better at dealing with uncertainties than others, so don’t beat yourself up if your tolerance for unpredictability is lower than a friend’s. Remind yourself that it might take time for the stressful situation to resolve, and be patient with yourself in the meantime. Develop new skills. When life is relatively calm, make a point to try things outside your comfort zone. From standing up to a difficult boss to trying a new sport, taking risks helps you develop confidence and skills that come in handy when life veers off course. Limit exposure to news. When we’re stressed about something, it can be hard to look away. But compulsively checking the news only keeps you wound up. Try to limit your check-ins and avoid the news during vulnerable times of day, such as right before bedtime. Avoid dwelling on things you can’t control. When uncertainty strikes, many people immediately imagine worst-case scenarios. Get out of the habit of ruminating on negative events. Take your own advice. Ask yourself: If a friend came to me with this worry, what would I tell her? Imagining your situation from the outside can often provide perspective and fresh ideas. Be aware of local resources. If you’re feeling concerned and considering whether or not you or someone you care about may benefit from a mental health professional, take an anonymous online screening. The CSB offers workshops through the Merrifield Peer Resource Center that are open to the general public, including a mindfulness group at the Merrifield Center each Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Art Therapy each Monday at noon. Call 703-559-3100 for more information. Get more information about assistance and resources in Fairfax County for furloughed workers.  

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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.