Health care is critically important. There are a number of resources in the area available to help individuals and families without primary health care coverage. Human Services staff will help residents determine the most appropriate program for their needs.
For information, call (703) 385-7894.
All Fairfax County Community Services Board (CSB) sites are open for business. We have taken precautions to limit visitors at our residential programs. The CSB is encouraging all individuals to call ahead, as we are actively performing COVID-19 screenings on everyone who enters a site.
A global pandemic is a very stressful and challenging times. The CSB is recommending everyone follow Psychological First Aid principles during this time.
- Establish a safe place for you and your family. Stay informed but limit your screen time.
- Maximize self-care and the care of those closest to you. Put intentional plans in place that reinforce caring for yourself and others.
- Normalize the parts of your life that can be: Eat healthy, follow good sleep hygiene and exercise.
- Maximize and facilitate connectedness to family, friends and other social supports. (Electronic rather than physical)
- Clear communication: Foster hope and optimism while not denying risk.
Mental Health Resources
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming. If you are struggling with mental health issues during this stressful time, the Fairfax-Falls Church CSB has resources for help:
- Take a brief confidential online mental health screening, which is also available in Spanish, for results, recommendations and key resources.
- If it is not an emergency situation, but you or someone you care about needs mental health services, call our Entry & Referral Services during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at 703-383-8500, TTY 711. Staff can take calls in English and Spanish and can access interpreters for other languages when needed.
- Youth and adults can also come in person, without prior appointment, to Entry & Referral Services at the CSB's Merrifield Center Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to be screened for services. Youth walk-in evaluations are offered during these times and until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.
- Call 911 if immediately life-threatening and ask for a Crisis Intervention trained officer. For emergency mental health services 24 hours a day seven days a week call 703-573-5679, TTY 711. The Fairfax Detoxification Center can be reached 24 hours a day seven days a week by calling 703-573-5679, TTY 711. Residents can also come directly to the Merrifield Center at 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax.
- The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, in partnership with PRS Crisis Link, offers a suicide prevention text line in Fairfax. Anyone can text "CONNECT" to 855-11 and a PRS Crisis Link volunteer will respond within minutes. You can also call 703-527-4077, any time 24/7.
For the fastest service and shortest wait, please call to make an appointment. Walk-in and evening hours are available.
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Fairfax County previously partnered with Inova Health Systems to provide care to uninsured residents at three Community Health Care Network (CHCN) sites in Merrifield (Fairfax), South County (Alexandria) and North County (Reston). On July 1, 2019, Neighborhood Health assumed operations of the Merrifield and South County sites, and HealthWorks for Northern Virginia assumed operations of the North County site. Fairfax County and Inova are working with Neighborhood Health and HealthWorks to assure a smooth transition and that patients continue to get the best, most compassionate care possible.
Neighborhood Health and HealthWorks are federally qualified health centers with years of experience providing primary medical, dental and behavioral health care to low-income individuals and families in Northern Virginia.
The goal of HealthWorks and Neighborhood Health is to facilitate access for current/active CHCN patients. Thus, current/active CHCN patients will not have to go through eligibility again before their first appointment with HealthWorks or Neighborhood Health. Patients are automatically enrolled with HealthWorks or Neighborhood Health and may call the existing number for an appointment, after July 1.
The Department of Family Services (DFS) promotes the well-being of the County and City’s diverse communities by protecting and improving the lives of children, adults and families through supportive services, education and advocacy. Services provide the framework for safe communities, a thriving economy, excellent schools, and opportunities for everyone to feel connected and engaged.
Click here for more information on health care programs for children.
City of Fairfax residents may request a reduction for the dental clinic cost. To apply for the program a" Request for Fee Reduction" application form and supporting documentation must be submitted a minimum of three weeks in advance. All requests will be evaluated based on overall household income and size relative to the financial assistance eligibility scale which is included with the application.