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May 6, 2016

In an announcement that will have far reaching consequences towards advancing recovery oriented services throughout the Commonwealth, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) announces that peer recovery support will be incorporated into the State Medicaid Program in 2017.

Earlier this year, DMAS announced that peer recovery support services would be included in an expansion of Medicaid substance abuse services intended to combat the rise in opioid addiction.

This week, DMAS announced that peer recovery support services will be expanded to include Read More

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Medicare pulled its funding from a Virginia mental health institution this month.

    Earlier in April, Eastern State Hospital received a termination notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Officials said it’s a citation for failing to comply with quality of care standards.

    It’s been almost a year since India Johnson was arrested in the stabbing death of her mother in Virginia Beach. In mid-April she pleaded not guilty by reason of Read More


    Virginia lawmakers are assessing the commonwealth’s system for taking care of the mentally ill.

    Some say major improvements could be made to the health system. A recent report from the state says many Virginians lack coverage for mental health services, and that there’s too much reliance on crisis care.

    Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Interim Commissioner Dr. Jack Barber made a presentation last week to a panel of lawmakers.

    Barber says about half of those served Read More

    I don’t know how to talk about mental health in a short, sweet and all-encompassing way. On the topic, my mind is a Powerball drawing of sorts.

    The first ball up is MarShawn McCarrel, the brilliant Black Lives Matter activist who tragically took his own life earlier this year. Then I think of the artist formerly known as Ron Artest excitedly giving a shoutout to his psychiatrist after the Los Angeles Lakers won the 2010 NBA Finals.

    I think Read More

    Registration for the 2016 NAMIWalks Virginia is live! Join us on Saturday, October 15th at Innsbrook in Glen Allen, Virginia for a day of fun and stigma busting! Last year’s NAMIWalks Virginia helped raise over $177,000 which enabled NAMI Virginia and affiliates to serve over 23,000 Virginians through support groups and educational programs in 2015. Your involvement in NAMIWalks Virginia is critical to our ability to serve more Virginians affected by mental illness in 2016. Will you join us?

    Can’t attend Read More

    Thank you to everyone who joined us!  We had 130 advocates, parents, youth, family members, and individuals living with mental illness, who met with their legislators to talk about the issues that matter to them. We know it is not easy to speak up about mental illness issues due to stigma that still pervades everyday life, but your participation and action help to combat that stigma. While the legislative period is in session make sure to stay on Read More

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