Same-Day Walk-In Mental Health Screenings and Assessments Now Available

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Are you not feeling quite right? Know someone in need of help?

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) now offers same day, in-person screening for mental health/and or substance use concerns to both adults and youth. 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 face-to-face, rather than initiating contact over the phone.

If the individual appears to qualify for CSB services, they may be able to receive a more in-depth assessment for services that same day. Each CSB assessment clinician is trained to assess for substance use disorders as well as mental health and co-occurring disorders.


One Mom’s Story

There are many stories of mental health needs, addiction and recovery. One mom shared her story with us about her teenage son:

“His drinking wasn’t just a beer or two; it was fifths of hard alcohol. It wasn’t a matter of ‘kids will be kids.’ It escalated quickly and my son was in trouble. I didn’t know where to turn for help. A friend directed me to the CSB’s walk-in assessment. Now, just weeks later, my son is in treatment. He’s learning from others (in his small group) how much harder his life would’ve been if he’d stayed on the same path of addiction. He’s learning about the brain and addiction; and so much more. Getting help has given him a new view on life and that a sober life is a better life. I’d recommend it to anyone who feels their son or daughter might have a serious mental health or substance use disorder.”


Why Is Same Day Access Important?

Often when people recognize that they need help, there may be a brief window of time when a person is willing to track down and receive assistance. If a person has to wait too long for services, the chance to help may be lost. Same day access is considered a best practice in behavioral health.


Where – And When – Do I Go?

You are welcome to visit CSB’s Merrifield Center and speak with a staff member face-to-face about concerns at any time. So far, it seems busiest times are between 8:30 to 10 a.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m. If a family and/or individual prefers to schedule an appointment for a screening or assessment, they may still do so by contacting 703-383-8500, TTY 711 (an appointment may eliminate potential wait-time).


What Else Can I Do?

If you are concerned about mental health, take a free online mental health assessment. Mental health is a key part of overall health. Brief screenings are a way to determine if you or someone you care about should seek help.

Take Mental Health Assessment


You can also call CSB at 703-383-8500, TTY 711 (weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). In an emergency, call CSB Emergency Services at 703-573-5679, TTY 711 (answered 24/7).

Finally, take CSB’s Youth Mental Health First Aid course. The course will help you better understand mental illnesses and learn how to help a young person experiencing a crisis.

Take Mental Health First Aid Course


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