Healthy Minds Fairfax

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F

703-324-7938
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway - Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035

Janet Bessmer, CSA Program Manager,
Peter Steinberg, Healthy Minds Fairfax Program Manager

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About Healthy Minds Fairfax

Healthy Minds Fairfax logoHealthy Minds Fairfax's goal is to improve access to mental health and substance abuse services for children, youth and families, and improve the quality of those services, through coordinating a continuum of services across multiple County agencies, the school system and a network of private providers. 

Background and Timeline of the Fairfax-Falls Church System of Care Development

In 2001, a system of care (renamed "Healthy Minds Fairfax" in 2017) initiative was undertaken by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT) to enhance the community's ability to meet the needs of youth and families with the most complex issues and highest risk factors. One of the first achievements of the system of care initiative was the founding of Leland House, a partnership with United Methodist Family Services, to provide short-term residential crisis stabilization to prevent unnecessary hospitalization and residential placement.

  • 2006: Opened Leland House residential crisis stabilization
  • 2009: Leadership endorsed national system of care principles
  • 2010: Implemented Intensive Care Coordination (ICC) and Family Partnership meetings
  • 2011: Leadership approved practice standards
  • 2012: Redesigned team-based planning processes to better implement principles and practice standards
  • 2013: Implemented a system of care training plan
  • 2014: Began providing support partners to families receiving Intensive Care Coordination
  • 2015: Board of Supervisors approved an expansion of the System of Care approach to a larger population of children and youth with behavioral health issues
  • 2016: Implemented Short-Term Behavioral Health Services 
  • 2016: Completed Children’s Behavioral Health Blueprint 
  • 2017: Expanded support partner services for families of children and youth with behavioral health issues, through a contract with NAMI Northern Virginia
  • 2017: Local SOC initiative named “Healthy Minds Fairfax”
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