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 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.  

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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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January 18, 2019
So that we may better provide services when and where there is a demand for them, site closing times for some Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board locations are being adjusted. These changes will go into effect on Monday, February 4, 2019: Reston Office – Northwest Center will close at 8:30 p.m. rather than 9 p.m. each weeknight. Chantilly location will close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday rather than 9 p.m. Youth Services at the South County Center will be provided each Thursday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. (South County is open until 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.)  

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January 17, 2019
In partnership with the Fairfax Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB), the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), and the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (JDRDC), new efforts are underway to help get more teens get behavioral health support more quickly. Thanks to funds allocated by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2017, the CSB hired two additional behavioral health clinicians, solely dedicated to youth clients directly referred by FCPS staff or who have been diverted from the Juvenile Court. Additionally, FCPS is hiring six new substance abuse prevention specialists, enabling more substance use screenings and referrals for help and resources and more outreach and engagement on alcohol, youth and other substances. It is estimated that the new collaborative program will reach over 40,000 students this year and will enable help for roughly 250 teens with early intervention and referrals. The JDRDC has been actively working to improve and expand their process of identifying youth who can be safely diverted from deeper contact with the court system. Recent efforts have increased screening to determine which teens may benefit from treatment services and other diversion options. “Research and data has shown that introducing low-risk juvenile offenders into the juvenile justice system produces poorer outcomes, particularly for those youth with substance abuse and mental health issues, whose needs can be more appropriately addressed by diverting them to treatment as opposed to formal processing by the court,” said Matt Thompson, Deputy Director for Probation Services with the JDRDC. According to Healthy Minds Fairfax Director Jim Gillespie, “Time to treatment matters. Studies show that early use of drugs and alcohol can be devastating and can result in long-term addiction disorder. The quicker we can provide education, treatment and resources, the better off the child or teen – and our community – will be, and the higher the likelihood of successful recovery.” Healthy Minds is a Fairfax County initiative that aims to improve access to behavioral health services for children, youth and families, and improve the quality of those services, through coordinating a continuum of behavioral health services across multiple county agencies, the school system and a network of private providers.  Key substance use findings from the Fairfax County Youth Survey (see pages 17-76) indicate that youth are reporting the lowest rates of use of cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana in the last five years and that Fairfax is below the national average in use of these substances. However, despite declining trends in use of these substances, Fairfax youth self-report higher than national rates in use of LSD, cocaine, methamphetamines and heroin, and 5% of FCPS students reported taking painkillers without a doctor’s orders in the past month. “Through the new partnership, our goal is to reduce the number of young people misusing prescription medication, which oftentimes is where addiction to opioids begins,” said Stefan Mascoll, Coordinator, Student Safety and Wellness Office, Fairfax County Public Schools. Recent data in the Fairfax County Opioid Task Force Plan reveals that the rate of overdose visits to Emergency Departments were highest among those age 15-24. When broken down further, school age children made up 22% of overdoses (between 2015-2017), including opioids. There are many ways to be involved in substance use and underage alcohol prevention programs in Fairfax County: Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services continue to provide evidence-based drug prevention programming to middle school afterschool programs at recreation and teen centers. CSB launched a Youth Council in 2017; an opportunity for teens to be involved in prevention activities with students from across FCPS. All are welcome. Learn more about ways to prevent teen substance use or to learn about Fairfax County’s Successful Children and Youth Policy Team initiatives.

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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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UPCOMING EVENTS

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7:00PM, Quarterly Diversion First Stakeholders meeting

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5:00PM, “You Are What You Eat & What You Do: How Food, Exercise and Sleep…

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.