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Fairfax County, Virginia

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703-324-7329
TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

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Police Data and Reform Updates

Police Reform Suggestions Matrix

In 2020, the Board Public Safety Committee has started a determined police reform process. The committee has created a detailed matrix of reform suggestions. Note: some items on the matrix are still under review and awaiting comment.

For additional reform suggestions or comments, please submit the contact form at the bottom of the page.

Police Data, Reports and Reform Updates

Annual Reports and Recommendations to Police

Police Crime Data and Statistics

Use of Force Policies and Training

Police Body-Worn Camera Implementation

School Resource Officers (SRO)

Police Department

The department’s vision is to provide ethical leadership through engagement with the community to prevent and fight crime, improve the culture of safety at work and within the community to preserve the sanctity of all human life, and to keep pace with urbanization. 

Board Public Safety Committee

The Board Public Safety Committee is a committee of the whole - including all supervisors - led by Supervisor Rodney Lusk. Visit the committee webpage for a schedule of upcoming meetings and archive of prior meetings.

Communities of Trust

The Fairfax County Communities of Trust Committee is a diverse citizen group focused on strengthening and building positive relationships between public safety agencies and the communities they serve, in order to advance collaboration, partnerships and outreach.

Police Civilian Review Panel

The Fairfax County Police Civilian Review Panel, established in 2016, reviews completed Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) investigations into complaints containing allegations of abuse of authority or serious misconduct to ensure accuracy, completeness, thoroughness, objectivity, and impartiality.

Independent Police Auditor

The Office of the Independent Police Auditor (OIPA), established in 2016, reviews police investigations involving use of force and serves as an independent intake venue for complaints against the Fairfax County Police Department.

Police Practices Review Commission

The Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission was created on Feb. 25, 2015 and operated until 2017. Its purpose was to review Fairfax County Police Department policies and practices against national best practices and community needs.

Police Reform Feedback

Information for Businesses Impacted Due to Novel Coronavirus

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a page dedicated to Interim Guidance for Businesses and EmployersThe CDC recommends that businesses prepare for possible increased numbers of employee absences due to illness in employees and their family members, dismissals of early childhood programs and K-12 schools due to high levels of absenteeism or illness. Businesses should prepare to institute flexible workplace and leave policies for these employees.
  • For Human Services support, the Fairfax County Human Services Resource Guide (HSRG) provides information regarding emergency food and other assistance. Additionally, call Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880, TTY 711, for help on Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION GUIDANCE & LOANS

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19.

The U.S. Small Business Administration Guidance for Business and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease includes these programs and information: 

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
  • Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • Preventing Stigma Related to COVID-19
  • Share Facts about COVID-19
  • CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Web page
  • Information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Prevention, Symptoms and FAQ

Fairfax County Small Business Counseling

For direct small business counseling opportunities, please contact the Community Business Partnership.

Census 2020

Complete your census today!

Census Timeline

September 30, 2020: The U.S. Census Bureau will stop collecting data for the census. Residents can self-respond online, by phone or by mail until this date.
December 31, 2020: The U.S. Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress by this date.
March 31, 2021: The U.S. Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to the states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.

Privacy / Frequently Asked Questions

Privacy

All responses to Census Bureau surveys and censuses are confidential and protected under Title 13 of the U .S . Code. Under this law, the Census Bureau is required to keep respondent information confidential. It will never share a respondent’s personal information with immigration enforcement agencies, like ICE; law enforcement agencies, like the FBI or police; or allow it to be used to determine their eligibility for government benefits. The results from any census or survey are reported in statistical format only.

Frequently Asked Questions

In Fairfax County Everyone Counts!

What is the Census?

Our nation gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States as mandated by Article I, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution.

The data collected by the census is used in many ways, such as:

  • Distribution of more than $675 billion annually in federal funds back to state and local governments.
  • Redistricting of legislative districts.
  • Forecasting future transportation needs for all segments of the population.
  • Determining areas eligible for housing assistance and rehabilitation loans.
  • Assisting federal, tribal, state and local governments in planning and implementing programs, services and emergency response.
  • Designing facilities for people with disabilities, the elderly and children.

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Census Complete Count Committee

The Board of Supervisors has established a Complete Count Committee to create awareness about the upcoming census and to target hard-to-count populations. The committee is co-chaired by Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay and retired Fairfax County employee Tilly Blanding, and it is composed of staff and community members who have access to historically undercounted groups of people.

Census 2020 Complete Count Committee Co-Chairs

Jeffrey C. McKay
Chairman, Board of Supervisors

Tilly Blanding
Former Fairfax County Employee

Committee Members

Luis Angel Aguilar
Director
CASA Virginia

Edgar Aranda-Yanoc
Legal Aid Justice Center

Sharon D. Arndt
Director, Community Health Development and Preparedness Division
Fairfax County Health Department

Theresa Benincasa
Coordinator of Grants, Research and Training
Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships

Steven Bloom
Chairman
Human Services Council

Karla Bruce
Chief Equity Officer
Fairfax County Government

Kristen Buchner
Family and Schools Partnership
Fairfax County Public Schools

John Cano
Community Organizer
Centreville Immigration Forum

Tony Castrilli
Director of Public Affairs
Fairfax County Government

Lynne Coan
Communications and Marketing Manager
Town of Vienna

Kim Oanh Cook
Executive Director
Vietnamese Resettlement Association

Rosalia Fajardo
Executive Director/CEO
Multicultural Family and Education Center

Joe Fay
Executive Director
FACETS

Jorge E. Figueredo
Executive Director
Edu-Futuro

Eric Forman
Community Development and Planning
City of Fairfax

Matthew Graham
Policy, Reporting and Communications
Fairfax County Housing and Community Development

Judy Helein
Co-President
League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area

Timothy Johnson
United Way of the National Capital Area

Jill Kaneff
Fairfax County Public Schools

Levina Kim
United Way of the National Capital Area

Michelle LaRue
Director of Virginia
CASA

Jeremy Lasich
Deputy Director, Public Affairs
Fairfax County Government

Heisung Lee
Resident

Steve Lee
Resident

Bob Marro
Board Member
ADAMS Center

Pam Martin
Communication and Community Relations
Fairfax County Public Schools

Ondrea McIntyre-Hall
Director of Health Access & Nutrition Services
Northern Virginia Family Services

Marlon Murphy
One Fairfax
Fairfax County Government

Steve Mutty
Chief Executive Officer
Volunteer Fairfax

BeBe Nguyen
Director of Communications
Reston Community Center

Sean Perryman
President
Fairfax County NAACP

Saif Rahman
Director of Public and Government Affairs
Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque

Anu Sahai
Co-President
League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area

Cristina Schoendorf
Director of Literacy
United Community Ministries

Katie Strotman
Community Impact Unit Manager
Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services

Alis Wang
Fairfax County Human Services Council

Kerrie Wilson
Chief Executive Officer
Cornerstones

Fairfax County Census Partner Communications Toolkit

As a Fairfax County Census Partner, you are crucial to ensuring everyone is counted, once, only once and in the right place.

census blue logo The census is important for Fairfax County residents because it directly benefits every resident here. It determines how tax dollars are distributed in Northern Virginia to better serve the community. It's estimated that Northern Virginia loses $1,200 in potential annual funding for every resident who does not respond to the census. That is money that could be used for education, healthcare, housing, infrastructure, roads and a host of other services that the government provides.

The census also determines how many representatives Virginia can send to Congress to advocate for our community. 

Using the communication tools provided here, partners can encourage their community to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census.

 

 

Census Response Rate

The U.S. Census Bureau is tracking response rates in real time. It's a great tool for outreach workers interested in targeting the most hard to count communities by census tract!

Census 2020: Are you ready to be counted?

Opioids

Emergencies, Detox and Referral Services: Overdose? Call or Text 9-1-1

If the situation is immediately life-threatening, call or text 9-1-1. 
Our Fire and Rescue personnel carry medication that can prevent death from an opioid overdose.
 

Resources

Opioid Use in Fairfax County

In Fairfax County, more people die from overdoses than car accidents. Data shows that treatment strategies are needed as the opioid epidemic evolves within our community. 

We have a plan to combat the opioid epidemic here in Fairfax County, but we need your help as well

Opioids: What You Can Do

Emergencies, Detox and Referral Services: Overdose? Call or Text 9-1-1

If the situation is immediately life-threatening, call or text 9-1-1. 
Our Fire and Rescue personnel carry medication that can prevent death from an opioid overdose.
 

Resources

Keep Medication Safe

Learn how to properly dispose of medications.

  • Reduce the chance that others may accidentally take or intentionally misuse the unneeded medicine by removing expired, unwanted or unused medicines from your home as quickly as possible.

Complete an Overdose Safety Plan for either yourself or a friend in need.

  • Take advantage of free, convenient, confidential and safe disposal of unused or expired medications each spring and fall during Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout. During these twice-yearly events, residents can drop off medications at any of the eight Fairfax County District Police Stations (pills or liquids only, no pressurized canisters or needles).

Get a free medication lock box from our Community Services Board.

 

More Resources

Be Aware & Share on Social Media

#couldbeyou Campaign

#CouldBeYou

In 2019 we launched a new opioids awareness campaign called “Could Be You.” Although there are some trends among who is affected, opioid overdoses impact all segments of the population.

We encourage you to share these with members of your community:

 

KNOW the RXsk - Use with Caution

Are you currently using an opioid to treat pain? Taking additional steps to safely use and securely store opioids can help prevent addiction in our families and communities.  KNOW the RxSK - Use with caution

Prescription Opioids Stories: Get Help

HIPAA: Business Associate Agreements

What Are Business Associates?

Fairfax County may require the assistance of various third parties in order to support the provision of health care services to our residents and employees.

The HIPAA regulations identify these parties as Business Associates and can include consultants, businesses, contractors, vendors, and individuals who provide services to Fairfax County, including the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.

This requires our designated business associates to provide assurances in meeting required safeguards for creating, receiving, storing and transmitting any electronic protected health information.

HIPAA mandates that an agreement be established between a covered entity (Fairfax County and its agencies) and any business associate that provides services on our behalf where individually identifiable health information may be encountered during the course of those services.

Business Associate Agreements

A signed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with Fairfax County is required to ensure these parties will maintain the privacy and confidentiality of protected health information as well as provide necessary access to the information in accordance with the law.

  • The business associate agreement is required independent of the monetary value of the contract.  Business associate agreements may be required for anything from a small purchase order for a one-time shredding of old patient records to a multi-year contract for health information system software maintenance.
  • Business associate agreements with Fairfax County are required regardless of the jurisdiction where the original contract was awarded.
     

 

Guidance for Completing Agreements 

This guidance applies to completing either:

  1. a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) or

  2. a Business Associate/Qualified Service Organization Agreement (BA/QSOA)
     

  • All BAAs or BA/QSOAs must be fully completed to be valid, with appropriate signatory.
     
  • Questions regarding the completion of BAs or BA/QSOAs must be directed to the agency point of contact or the assigned contract specialist.
     
  • Contact the Fairfax County HIPAA Compliance Officer regarding general HIPAA compliance requirements.
     
For more information about the Business Associate process with Fairfax County, please contact the HIPAA Compliance Officer at HIPAAComplianceOfficer@fairfaxcounty.gov or by phone at 703-324-2164, TTY 711.
 

HIPAA: Filing a Complaint

Health Information Privacy and Security Complaint Process

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) allows individuals to file complaints regarding their health information privacy rights.

The Fairfax County HIPAA Compliance Program investigates and responds to complaints from, or on behalf of, residents who have received any health care services from Fairfax County government agencies, Fairfax County government employees, and retirees participating in the Health Plan administered by the County’s Department of Human Resources' Benefits Division.

Complaints must be submitted within 180 days from the date of the alleged infraction. Complaints are accepted for violations related to the privacy and security of individual’s protected health information (PHI).  PHI is individually identifiable health information in any form or media, whether electronic, paper, or oral.

An investigation will be conducted once the complaint is received to determine if an alleged action or violation fails to comply with the HIPAA Privacy or Security Rules.
 


You may also file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights; 1-800-537-7697; ocrmail@hhs.gov.
 

If your complaint is related to health insurance premiums, health-care provider service charges, quality of care issues, or privacy or security concerns not associated with Fairfax County services, please contact the respective organization directly.

Fairfax County HIPAA Officers

HIPAA Compliance Officer

The HIPAA Compliance Officer (HCO) ensures the county's compliance with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as well as other state and federal health data protections and information privacy regulations and laws by overseeing the county-wide HIPAA security and privacy programs. 

The HCO’s responsibilities include:

  • Working with the HIPAA Privacy Officers within county agencies to standardize the implementation of HIPAA regulations.
     
  • Conducting HIPAA compliance evaluations and Security Risk Assessments of county agencies with covered functions.
     
  • Reviewing, revising, and establishing, as necessary, county-wide HIPAA policies, procedures and guidelines.
     
  • Developing, implementing and documenting HIPAA Security Awareness and Privacy training for all affected county employees.
     
  • Working with the County Attorney and Department of Information Technology (DIT) Information Security Office (ISO) to ensure that the county's policies/procedures and information system security conform with HIPAA, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) and other privacy regulations for best practices, procedures and technical implications.
     
  • Receiving complaints into violations of HIPAA policy and conducting required follow up/investigations.
     
Contact the HIPAA Compliance Officer at HIPAAComplianceOfficer@fairfaxcounty.gov or by phone at 703-324-2164, TTY 711.

HIPAA Privacy Officers

Covered entities must also designate a "contact person or office" to be responsible for providing information, receiving complaints and handling the administration of requests for records access, amendment, disclosure accountings, supplemental protections, confidential communications, etc.

Fairfax County's Health Plan and covered agencies have designated HIPAA contacts for the handling of administrative requests for information:

Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board Privacy Officer
703-324-7020, TTY 711

Fire and Rescue Department Privacy Officer
703-246-3558, TTY 711

Health Department Privacy Officer
703-246-8776, TTY 711

Fairfax County Health Plan Privacy Officer
703-324-3307, TTY 711

HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act

Fairfax County's HIPAA Compliance Program 

Fairfax County understands your health privacy is important. We are committed to implementing the provisions under HIPAA and have a HIPAA Compliance Program in place.  
The Program ensures the County complies with HIPAA, as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009.  This includes all applicable requirements of the HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules and all amendments to such rules contained in the HITECH Act and any accompanying regulations, and any other subsequently adopted amendments or regulations.

HIPAA Complaints and HIPAA Officers

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) allows individuals to file complaints regarding their health information privacy rights.

HIPAA officers include the HIPAA Compliance Officer and HIPAA Privacy Officers for each covered entity.

HIPAA Business Associate Agreements

Fairfax County may require the assistance of various third parties in order to support the provision of health care services to our residents and employees.

Your Rights Under HIPAA

Regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), protect the privacy and security of individuals’ identifiable health information and establish an array of individual rights with respect to health information.

The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides individuals with a legal, enforceable right to see and receive copies upon request of the information in their medical and other health records maintained by their health care providers and health plans.

Fairfax County complies with all applicable HIPAA regulations and also maintains its own county policies to ensure an individual’s rights.

Notice of Privacy Practices

Under HIPAA, every patient must receive a notice of privacy practices that includes specifications of the individual's legal rights, and the covered entity's legal duties, with respect to protected health information (PHI). A covered entity must also make its notice of privacy practices available upon request to any person.

Fairfax County Notices of Privacy Practices:

English  |  Large Print

Arabic  |  Chinese  |  Farsi  |  Korean  |  Spanish  |  Urdu  |  Vietnamese

  • Fairfax/Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) Notice of Privacy Practices
     
  • Fairfax County Government's Health Plan Notice of Privacy Practices:
     
    • HIPAA Contact
      Department of Human Resources Benefits Division
      12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 258
      Fairfax, Virginia 22035

      (703) 324-4917

      Note: employees may access the Health Plan's Notice of Privacy Practices through the Department of Human Resources intranet site.

More About Fairfax County and HIPAA

The County classifies itself as a "hybrid entity’” a term that is defined in the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 164.103. The County is a covered entity whose business activities include both covered and non-covered functions.

Those components of the County performing covered functions or activities and those components performing functions or activities that would make them a business associate of a component that performs covered functions if the two components were separate legal entities shall be designated health care components and are required to implement the provisions of this procedural memorandum.

The assignment of agencies and programs within the Fairfax County HIPAA Hybrid Entity is subject to change based upon changes to regulation or to internal business processes.

HIPAA regulations directly cover 3 basic groups of individual or entities:

  1. Health Plans

    Fairfax County Government's Health Plan is a separate legal entity and a covered entity under HIPAA. Many of the implementation provisions of HIPAA do not apply to Fairfax County's fully insured components of the Health Plan; however, all provisions of HIPAA apply to the self-insured component of the Health Plan. 

    Fairfax County Government employees may participate in the many benefit plans offered by the County, such as health insurance, long term care insurance, the employee assistance program, and flexible spending programs. Fairfax County Government retirees are eligible to continue their health, dental, life, and long-term care insurance. HIPAA applies to these benefit plans; therefore the County benefit plans will be HIPAA compliant.

    Employees who request assistance from the Department of Human Resources with respect to benefit claims or issues may be asked to sign a waiver, authorizing County benefit staff to discuss their benefit issues with a plan provider. Waivers are available from each individual health plan. 

  2. Health Care Providers

    Fairfax County Government provides care and services related to the physical or mental health of our residents. Fairfax County also provides numerous non-health care related services to our residents. Fairfax County has chosen to restrict the application of the HIPAA Privacy Rule to those parts of the County enterprise that are performing covered health care transactions. A covered health care transaction is an electronic billing function related to payment or authorization for health care services. The application of the HIPAA Privacy Rule to certain components of the County is permissible within the definition of a hybrid entity. 

    Fairfax County's hybrid entity currently consists of the Fire and Rescue Department (FRD), the Health Department (HD) and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB). Agencies providing human services support to clients of the HD and the CSB will be designated within the hybrid entity as appropriate policies and procedures are adopted. In addition, as agencies seek to automate business processes related to health care billing and electronic transactions, then they will be designated within the Fairfax County Government's HIPAA hybrid entity. 

    Agencies providing other health care services to employees, students, inmates or residents will continue to apply the appropriate confidentiality provisions mandated by licensure standards, ethical codes, county personnel policies, and other federal and state laws. 

  3. Health Care Clearinghouses 

    Fairfax County Government does not consist of any health care clearinghouse functions. 

Fairfax County's Virtual Assistant

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Virtual Assistant iconTo speak with our Virtual Assistant, simply click on the icon in the lower-right corner of our website. The Virtual Assistant window will expand, greet you and present a list of topics to choose from; or you may try typing a question of your own.

When the Virtual Assistant answers your question it may also provide additional related information or options for you to choose from in order to better determine what you want.

The Virtual Assistant is available 24/7 on fairfaxcounty.gov and works with your computer, tablet and mobile phone.

What Can the Virtual Assistant Do?

The Virtual Assistant will direct you to information available on the website, either by displaying it for you within the window or by providing a link for more information. You may ask questions by typing in your own words and ask follow-up questions.

Our Virtual Assistant is always learning thanks to its artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, our customer service staff feed it a steady diet of topics and refinements based on the questions you ask the most. To start, covered topics are:

  • Board of Supervisors
  • Dog Licenses
  • Taxes
  • Trash and Recycling
  • Voting and Elections

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Our Virtual Assistant cannot: 

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  • play your favorite song.
  • provide information on any topic of your choosing.

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