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Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) 1999 Exemplary Program Initiative: Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board -- Fairfax County, VA
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For several months, PATH staff at Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (FFCCSB), Fairfax County, Virginia, worked with Sara, a homeless woman with an organic condition, as well as a psychiatric disorder. Over time, despite the persistent efforts of outreach workers, she became less willing to seek out mental health services and more unable to handle her basic needs, such as housing, nutrition and medical care. Monitoring her safety on a regular basis, outreach workers found Sara lying on a motel room floor, physically and psychologically deteriorated. They arranged for emergency medical services and contacted Adult Protective Services (APS). Sara is now recovering and APS will find an assisted living placement to meet Sara's multiple needs.

It's this sort of persistent dedication to homeless people in Fairfax County that led Joel Ford of the Virginia Office of Mental Health Community Support Services to nominate FFCCSB as an exemplary PATH program for FY 1999. "This program has consistently displayed excellence in both program design and the delivery of PATH and other related services. Their commitment to inclusive approaches, community-based solutions, and strong, system-wide coordination is evident in the successful outcomes that their clients experience," Ford said. (PATH)
Rockville, MD
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