Healthy Minds Fairfax

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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Get help in an emergency

If this is a life-threatening emergency call 911 immediately and ask for a crisis intervention trained officer.

Emergency and crisis services are available to anyone that is concerned about a youth having a mental health crisis. All services and phone numbers are available 24 hours a day unless otherwise noted. TTY for all numbers is 711.

What to do in a crisis

  • Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board emergency mental health services – Merrifield Center
    • Call 703-573-5679 to speak with a clinician who can assess the situation and provide information on service options. The clinician may suggest that you bring your child in for an evaluation to determine if your child should be assessed for inpatient hospitalization or referred to a short-term residential stabilization program.
    • Bring your child to the Merrifield Center, 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031, for a mental health evaluation.
  • CrisisLink suicide prevention hotline
    • Call 703-527-4077 or 1-800-273-8255 if you or someone you know is in danger of harming themselves. You will be talking or texting with an empathetic person who will provide immediate help over the phone.
    • Text CONNECT to 855-11.
    • What happens when you call or text PRS CrisisLink?
  • Regional, Education, Assessment, Crisis Services, Habilitation (REACH)
    • Call 1-855-897-8278 for assistance for people who have intellectual or developmental disability and are experiencing a crisis due to behavioral or psychiatric needs.
  • Children’s Regional Crisis Response (CR2)
    • Call 1-844-627-4747 or 571-364-7390 if your child is experiencing a mental health and/or substance abuse crisis and is at risk of hospitalization.
    • CR2 provides 24-hour rapid response to all youth (17 and younger) facing a mental health and/or substance use crisis.
  • CSB Mobile Crisis Unit (MCU)
    • Call 703-573-5679 for on-scene evaluation, treatment and crisis intervention for individuals who are experiencing a mental health emergency.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools Crisis Intervention Services
    • Call or visit your child’s school during regular school hours and ask to see the school social worker or the school psychologist.
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