Tag: mental health

Lieutenant Governor Northam applauds McAuliffe’s healthcare initiatives

In response to today’s announcement by Governor McAuliffe that the Commonwealth will provide additional healthcare coverage and services to 200,000 Virginians, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement.


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VCU to partner with medical school in Kazakhstan

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine announced Wednesday an educational, clinical and research exchange partnership with Kazakh National Medical University in Almaty, Kazakhstan.


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Kaine touts grants to fund mental health services

Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine applauded the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for awarding more than $1.7 million in grants to support behavioral and mental health services at seven locations across Virginia.


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McAuliffe administration reviewing state Veterans Administration hospitals

Governor Terry McAuliffe has tasked Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs John Harvey and Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel to with Veterans Administration hospitals across Virginia to ensure Virginia veterans and their families have access to the critical services they need to enhance their health and well being.


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Dickie Bell statement on budget vote

The Virginia General Assembly passed the state’s two-year budget late Thursday, sending the budget to the desk of Governor Terry McAuliffe for final approval.


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Kirk Cox: Budget passes General Assembly

Late last night, the General Assembly passed a responsible, conservative budget that addresses our state’s $1.5 billion revenue shortfall and does not include Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.


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ACLU says death row inmates should not be placed in solitary

Attorneys for the ACLU and the ACLU of Virginia filed a friend-of-the-court brief today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on behalf of nine correctional experts, arguing that automatic solitary confinement for death row inmates is unconstitutional.


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Fan Care: Free fans for seniors

Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS) is happy to be able to sponsor the FAN CARE program again this year along with Virginia Division for the Aging and Dominion Virginia Power.


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Agency launches platform for management of care for disabilities

CoCENTRIX announced Monday that the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (VA DBHDS) has launched the CoCENTRIX Coordinated Care Platform.


New exhibit at Staunton Augusta Art Center debuts Friday

The Staunton Augusta Art Center is hosting a new exhibit, Creative Healing: recent works by clients of mental health services.


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Sen. Warner, AmeriCorps announce $3.5M in grants for Virginia

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) joined the national director of AmeriCorps in announcing $3.5 million in AmeriCorps funding to four Virginia organizations.


Depression is topic of David Romano presentation at Bridgewater College

David Romano, who lives with depression and has experienced the dark lows of self-injury and a suicide attempt during high school, will speak on Monday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.


Captain Mark Kelly statement on anniversary of Virginia Tech Massacre

Captain Mark Kelly, Co-Founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions, issued the following statement on the 7th anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre.


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Terry McAuliffe: Get the budget done

As the body responsible for negotiating a budget, the General Assembly has failed to deliver on one of the primary duties they were elected to fulfill.


Fashion Show Dazzles at Staunton Senior Center

On March 27 the Staunton Senior Center was the scene of the “Bloom into a New You” Fashion Show.


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Gov. McAuliffe signs executive order extending mental health task force

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order #12 yesterday, which continues the Governor’s Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response.


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Gov. Terry McAuliffe statement on House GOP rejection of budget proposal

Gov. Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today following a vote by the House Appropriations Committee to “pass by indefinitely” his introduced budget, which closes the health care coverage gap and invests in Virginia state employees, teachers, sheriffs, first responders and a host of other core priorities:


Ken Plum: Making the grade

At a time when quality reviews and accountability measures result in more activities being given a letter grade, it is appropriate that legislative sessions receive the same treatment.


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Mark Obenshain: Ethics and mental health reform

I want to talk about some of the other work of the General Assembly, most notably in the areas of ethics reform and mental health. Both issues became much more pressing due to the events of 2013; sadly, while we would ideally tackle such issues anticipatorily, it sometimes takes a demonstration of the problem to spur the General Assembly into action.


Creigh Deeds: Look back at the 2014 General Assembly session

The 2014 Session of the General Assembly is over; we adjourned on Saturday. However, the main work, the budget, remains to be accomplished. The General Assembly will go back into session on the 24th of March to try to finalize a spending plan for the next biennium.


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ACLU: General Assembly session mixed on civil liberties

The 2014 session of the Virginia General Assembly left the ACLU of Virginia and its 10,000 members and supporters with little reason to cheer and significant reason to worry about the state of civil liberties in the Commonwealth when the General Assembly adjourns sine die. “


Creigh Deeds: Reflecting on the 2014 General Assembly session

Every year as the General Assembly session winds down, it’s important to take some time to reflect on the things that have been accomplished, the things yet to accomplish, and perhaps the missed opportunities. With less than a week left before the scheduled adjournment of the 2014 session, a couple of things are clear.


Creigh Deeds: General Assembly session coming to a close

The 2014 session of the General Assembly is rapidly moving toward the scheduled adjournment on March 8. Both houses passed competing budgets this past week and bills are headed to conference.


Ken Plum: Crossover

Last week the General Assembly reached the midpoint of its annual session, or crossover as it is called in the legislature. At this time in the calendar, the House of Delegates and the Senate have completed work on the bills that were introduced into the respective houses.


Creigh Deeds: Medicaid expansion

As explained in this space before, Medicaid expansion is an optional part of the Affordable Care Act. Payment for expansion, however, is not optional. Funding comes from federal taxes.


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Kirk Cox: House priorities fare well at crossover

Tuesday was crossover day at the General Assembly – the halfway point of the 2014 Session. At this point the House has passed 944 pieces of legislation; the Senate passed 696. After crossover, each house in the General Assembly may only consider bills that originated in the other house.


Virginia Senate passes mental health reforms

Monday afternoon, the State Senate voted to pass SB 260, a mental health reform bill introduced by Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath County) and co-patroned by senators from both parties.


Creigh Deeds: Nearing crossover

The 2014 session rolls on, and we are nearing crossover. Crossover is the time when the Senate must complete work on bills introduced in the Senate, and the House must complete work on bills introduced in the House. It’s called the crossover because after it occurs, the bills cross over to the other house for consideration.


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Augusta Health Community Benefit Committee awards single year grants

The Community Benefit Committee of the Augusta Health Board of Directors has awarded nine single year grants to community organizations to meet the healthcare needs of the community.


Creigh Deeds: Mental health reform must be a priority

For the past several years, I have been forced to deal with the state’s system of mental health on behalf of my son. In November a lot of issues related to that system were thrust in my face.


ACLU committed to finding the solutions to reform mental health system

The ACLU of Virginia released on Monday principles addressing mental health reform legislation. The principles are intended to guide legislators in balancing the need for reform with the civil rights of all Virginians.


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Poll: Majority of Virginians believe better mental health services would prevent gun violence

A new Commonwealth Poll from Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs indicates that a large majority of Virginians believes better mental health services would help in the prevention of gun violence.