Saturday, May 11, 2013
But some officials say more funding for job placement, independent living services should come from the state.
Saturday, May 11
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) is working to secure more federal funding for employment services that will help county residents with intellectual disabilities. The idea comes after months of work with TansCen, a consulting firm hired last summer to help the organization with ongoing budget problems. The cost of enrolling residents in the CSB's employment and day services program, which helps high school graduates with intellectual disabilities find career opportunities and become independent, has become too high for the county to sustain long term. CSB officials are working on short-term solutions to reduce county costs, which would take effect in Fiscal Year 2015. But four recommendations offered this week by …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Fairfax County human services officials say more funds are needed for housing and other programs.
Fairfax County officials have said the impacts of sequestration are largely unknown, but for some of the county's low-income residents that's no longer true: Last week, the cuts forced the county to stop issuing Section 8 vouchers for affordable housing to families in need. Officials say that up to 150 families in the county might not be getting housing vouchers that will help them pay their rent. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides funding to the county for the program, but the budget sequester has put that in jeopardy. The county stopped issuing vouchers earlier this month and while some residents were able to get help at the last minute, others might not be so fortunate. These cuts directly impact organizations…
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Improvements to human services are underway.
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board’s (CSB) budget appears to be taking steps toward fiscal stability after a September injection of funds from the Board of Supervisors. During a Tuesday meeting of the Board’s Human Services Committee, CSB Director George Braustein updated Supervisors on the agency’s financial progress. In September, the Board of Supervisors helped shore up a projected $9.5 million shortfall in the CSB’s FY2013 budget during the 2012 carryover process. Approximately $3.5 million from the county’s General Fund was allocated to cover employee benefits, and another $3 million was taken from a reserve to fund critical human services. Braunstein said the Infant Toddler Connection (ITC), which provides evaluations …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The package preserves critical human services and establishes a reserve for future shortfalls.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday a 2012 budget carryover package that closes funding shortfalls in human services and sets money aside in case of federal budget cuts. The package, which the board approved in a 9-0 vote, addresses a $9.5 million projected shortfall in the 2013 budget for the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB), an organization that organizes and provides services for residents with mental health issues, substance abuse disorders and developmental disabilities. After months of public input and toiling in coordination with the county’s Human Services Council, County Executive Ed Long proposed recommendations to close the shortfall, but more than $2 million in reductions will be made. “…
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Parents of children with developmental delays may be placed on a waiting list for county services without additional funding.
Parents of young children with developmental disabilities may be placed on a waiting list for Fairfax County's Infant Toddler Connection program unless Gov. Bob McDonnell comes through with additional funding for early childhood services. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is appealing to McDonnell for money to support ITC, which is facing a $1 million budget shortfall for the 2013 fiscal year. ITC provides early intervention services for children up to age three who have or are at risk for developmental disabilities including speech, learning and movement. During its meeting on Tuesday, the Fairfax board voted to send a letter to McDonnell, urging him to increase funding for the ITC program by an additional $8.5 million statewide …
Monday, July 23, 2012
Community Services Board budget trouble could be solved with service reductions, officials say.
Cuts could be on the horizon for human services in Fairfax County. When the county’s Human Services Council presents its analysis of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board’s (CSB) budget woes to the Board of Supervisors Human Services Committee Tuesday, the council, which has collected public input from concerned and potentially affected citizens over the last month, will include recommendations for board action, and that could include cutting or eliminating services. The CSB, which provides substance abuse treatment, mental health services and care for adults and children with intellectual disabilities, is facing an $8 million hole in its $150 million budget for 2012 and an additional $9.5 million shortfall for 2013. The board …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The Fairfax County Human Services Council concluded a series of public hearings Monday on budget issues.
Fairfax County resident Tom Walker started using drugs and alcohol when he was 9 years old. According to him, he wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for help he received through the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB). Walker graduated from the now-defunct Sunrise treatment program in 1997 and has successfully pursued a career in mental health. And on Monday night, Walker spoke before the Fairfax County Human Services Council regarding the CSB’s budget woes. The CSB, an agency that organizes and provides critical services to people with mental and physical disabilities and substance abuse issues, faces an $8 million gap in its $150 million budget for 2012 and an additional $9.5 million in 2013. But a plan to manage these …
Monday, June 4, 2012
Public hearing on closing shortfalls in Community Services Board budget.
The Fairfax County Human Services Committee will kick off a series of public hearings Monday regarding gaps in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board budget and the agency’s budget management plan. The Community Services Board (CSB) faces an $8 million hole in its $150 million 2012 budget and an additional $9.4 million shortage in its budget for 2013. The CSB is self-described as "your link to local services for people with mental illness, substance use disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities," according to the CSB website. During its May 22 meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors begrudgingly approved measures to mend the budget problems. The CSB has identified ways to relieve stresses on its budget — …