The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, which operates 28 agencies providing mental health, retardation and alcohol and drug abuse help for area residents, is proposing to streamline its operations to save $200,000 a year from its $15 million annual budget.

A task force of five of the board's 15 members has recommended eliminating 43 staff positions, primarily by attrition, and centralizing its presently scattered billing, transportation, training and public information services. The proposed administrative cutbacks are not expected to reduce public services.

No date has been set for a public hearing on the proposal but one is expected to be held later this month or in early February. The full board will vote on the proposal after the hearing.

The agency, which serves Fairfax County, Fairfax City and Falls Church, is supported by those jurisdictions and by funds from United Way and numerous state and private sources.

Under the plan, the 12-year-old quasi-governmental agency will expand its three existing mental health centers into community service centers, centralizing the administrative staffs of several agencies. According to the Services Board staff, this will eliminate duplicative jobs such as separate public information and billing staffs at each of the mental health centers.

Copies of the committee report are available at the Community Services Board Office at 301 Maple Ave., West, in Vienna or by calling 281-6420.