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 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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January 3, 2019
As we celebrate the beginning of 2019, we inevitably reflect back on the last year and think about what we want for the upcoming year. It’s the perfect time to check in on your mental health or that of a loved one, and what you can do this year to set resolutions that will help you care for yourself. Every person’s mental health is different, so goals are unique for every individual. If you’ve been struggling with your mental health lately, consider setting small, manageable goals. If things have been going well for you, you might want to set bigger challenges like pushing extra hard in your career, or working to hit a personal fitness goal like running a 5K. On behalf of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board’s Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention (WHPP) team, here are a few resolutions that are relevant to all, no matter where we are with our mental health. Be kind to yourself. Whether things have been going well for you or if you’ve been having a tough time lately, it’s important that you treat yourself with the same kindness and encouragement you would extend to a friend. If you wouldn’t say it to someone you love, don’t say it to yourself. Practice good sleeping habits. Getting enough sleep can be hard when you’re living with a mental health disorder, but studies show the importance of prioritizing sleep for improving mental health symptoms. Eat healthy and get your body moving. Many people include losing weight by dieting or hitting the gym on their list of resolutions, but those goals can actually be tough on people’s mental health. Instead of putting the focus on the scale, think about how you can include more veggies in your weekly meals, or going for a walk with a friend. This goal is about caring for your body, not pushing yourself to attain a certain look or weight. Talk and learn more about mental health. Being more open about your mental health helps others understand your needs, and allows them to be supportive to you. It also helps to build connections. Your friends and family members may also be struggling, but if one of you doesn’t open up the conversation, you may never know. Enroll in one of CSB’s Mental Health First Aid classes to learn more about mental health conditions and resources in Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. Help others. Perform small random acts of kindness, express appreciation for people you care about, or volunteer in your spare time. Research shows that helping others is good for your mental health. Winter months can be hard on mood and can spark Seasonal Affective Disorder. If you’re feeling down or start feeling disinterested in things you love, notice appetite or sleep changes, take a free, anonymous mental health screening; it can be the first step toward getting back on track. More about CSB services For information on CSB services, call CSB Entry & Referral at 703-383-8500,TTY 711, or come directly to the Merrifield Center for a screening, Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Emergency mental health services are available 24/7 by calling 703-573-5679, TTY 711, or come directly to the Merrifield Center's lower level. The Fairfax Detoxification Center is also available 24/7 at 703-502-7000, TTY 703-322-9080.  

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December 17, 2018
While holidays can be joyous and cheery for many, they also can evoke strong emotions and memories. The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board’s Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention (WHPP) team reminds you to take time to nurture and care for your mental health and wellness this holiday season, and consider the use of music as a tool. Music is a natural mood booster and research now confirms that music not only influences our moods, but can reduce the negative effects of stress, while helping us focus and manage our emotions. Listening to music actually changes the way your brain functions. If you’ve ever felt chills while listening to music (and research shows that about 90 percent of us have) then you have experienced this. Music stimulates an ancient reward pathway in the brain, encouraging dopamine to flood part of the forebrain associated with motivation. Music can help you regulate your mood and improve your mental wellness by:   Reducing the body's response to stress Relieving symptoms of depression Relieving anxiety Improving cognition Improving sleep Increasing intensity and endurance of workouts.  It’s important to pick out the right music for the right purpose. If you’re feeling down, try to think about what music inspires you. If your thoughts are racing, calming music may help.  Likewise, classical music or instrumentals have been shown to increase people's ability to focus while working on a difficult task; conversely, putting on exciting music might make cleaning the kitchen more enjoyable and the last few minutes on the treadmill more bearable. But beware: since music can bring up strong emotions and remind you of certain people or memories, try to avoid music that evokes sad feelings or makes you think of upsetting things. Consider making playlists ahead of time to make sure you always have the right mood-fixer at the tip of your fingers. If you feel like you might need more support than music, try taking one of the CSB’s free online screenings to see if you have symptoms of a common and treatable mental health disorder. After the screening, you’ll be connected to local resources. More about CSB services For information on CSB services, call CSB Entry & Referral at 703-383-8500,TTY 711, or come directly to the Merrifield Center for a screening, Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Emergency mental health services are available 24/7 by calling 703-573-5679, TTY 711, or come directly to the Merrifield Center's lower level. The Fairfax Detoxification Center is also available 24/7 at 703-502-7000, TTY 703-322-9080.  

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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

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9:00AM, Meeting of the CSB Fiscal Oversight Committee.

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7:00PM, What is the Youth Council? The Youth Council is a group of high…

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.