Fairfax Human Services Could See Millions Cut from Budget
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 been collecting public input from concerned and potentially affected citizens for 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 created a $4.2 million reserve for the struggling CSB during budget deliberations earlier this year, after many stakeholders lobbied for more funding.
But $4.2 million won’t be enough to fill a hole that formed in large part due to a decrease in state funding and a drop in anticipated revenues for the agency.
Programs in danger include a number of treatment facilities and the county’s partnership with CrisisLink, the only suicide prevention hotline in the county.
In the last month and a half, residents have appeared before the Human Services Council with frequently emotional testimony, pleading for them to maintain program funding.
The council will present its findings and recommendations at 1 p.m. on Tuesday in Conference Rooms 9 and 10 of Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Fairfax County Government Center Parkway in Fairfax.