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