The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board provides and coordinates a system of community-based supports for individuals and families of Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church who are affected by developmental disability, serious emotional disturbance (youth), mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
Everyone in our community has the support needed to live a healthy, fulfilling life.
Although most of CSB’s funding is provided by Fairfax County, the state provides a small portion (less than 10 percent). CSB board members testify each year before state elected officials and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to share how resources help the CSB best serve nearly 24,000 individuals annually. Read CSB Board members’ testimony. CSB issues are also highlighted in Fairfax County’s Legislative Program and in the County’s Human Services Issues Paper.
FY 2020 Budget
Fairfax County’s FY 2020 Adopted Budget provides an increase in funding to address CSB’s critical needs. The budget also reflects the county’s long-term Health and Human Services Resource Plan and will allow the CSB to meet the rise in demand for mental health and substance use services while also serving the developmental disabilities population in and equitable and sustainable manner.
The FY 2020 budget for Fairfax County was approved by the Board of Supervisors on May 7, 2019 and includes the following for the CSB:
- A $1.23 million increase for Diversion First. The CSB looks forward to using funds to continue Fairfax County’s focused efforts toward the decriminalization of mental illness. Since January 2016, close to 1,400 people have been diverted from potential arrest to assessment, treatment and supports. Diversion First has also expanded its efforts to divert individuals to treatment services after arrest. Through the initiative, the county continues to ensure individuals receive treatment in a more cost-effective way than incarceration provides. In addition to the CSB’s designated portion, the approved budget also provides a $900,000 increase for public safety as part of Diversion First efforts. The ongoing county partnerships between the CSB, court services, law enforcement, fire department and the community are key to the success of this critical county initiative.
- A $2.09 million increase to help CSB provide more medical detoxification services, medication assisted treatment, residential treatment and other services to individuals with substance use disorders, including heroin and opioid dependencies. With continued support from the community, the CSB is combatting the ongoing opioid epidemic through treatment programs, a new community-driven prevention coalition and strong collaborative efforts with public safety and human services partners.
- A $450,000 increase to support the Healthy Minds Fairfax initiative, which addresses access to behavioral health services and the quality of services for children, youth and families throughout the county. Healthy Minds provides critical short-term behavioral health services for youth. There is now an ever-younger population seeking services, and the county has recently added resources at elementary schools to more quickly address the substance misuse treatment needs of students at the elementary, middle, high school level. There has also been an investment in a new evidence-based clinician provider training collaborative with Healthy Minds Fairfax, George Mason University, Inova Health Systems, as well as new CSB youth programs for teens and their parents.
- A $320,000 increase and funding to hire five additional support coordinators to help the CSB provide support coordination services to individuals with developmental (and intellectual) disabilities. The CSB will also continue its efforts with the community-driven Welcoming Inclusion Network (WIN) to help meet the day services and employment needs of individuals served by the CSB in an equitable and sustainable manner. Since February 2018, WIN efforts have included community voices in the development of new options to provide inclusive and holistic employment and day services for individuals with developmental disabilities while also containing costs. The WIN presented options to the Board of Supervisors in late 2018 and in the board’s Budget Guidance for FY 2020 and FY 2021, the County Executive is directed to include as part of the FY 2021 Advertised Budget Plan resources necessary to begin implementation of WIN recommendations.
- A $2.47 million increase for employment and day services for special education graduates with developmental disabilities seeking employment and day support services after graduation from high school. These funds will enable CSB to connect June 2019 high school graduates with their chosen community placement for vocational training, employment supports or day services so they can fully participate in and contribute to the community.
- Learn more about the County budget.