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June 20, 2016

I have attended NAMIWalks Virginia as a representative of NAMI Williamsburg for the past two years. My first walk was with my wife Suzy, who understands the importance of advocating for mental health issues and caring for those living with this type of chronic illness. We were both very impressed with the Walk for two main reasons. 

We learned about available resources in our state. We toured Read More

    Several prominent local, state and national advocacy groups have called for the U.S. Department of Justice to launch an independent investigation into the death of a Portsmouth man from apparent neglect in a Virginia jail.

    In a letter sent to the justice department on June 6, 2016, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Virginia, the ACLU of Virginia, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Hampton-Newport News, Mental Health America of Virginia, the Portsmouth Branch of the NAACP, the National Read More

    There are few people in Virginia more qualified to testify to the condition of the state’s underfunded and substandard mental health network than Creigh Deeds.

    It was just over two years ago in late 2013 that Deeds took his son Gus, who battled bipolar disorder, to the local community service agency in their home of rural Bath County for emergency mental health care. After officials searched hours for a hospital psychiatric bed to no avail, Deeds and his son were sent Read More

    The University of Virginia, at the request of state lawmakers, is helping mental health experts propose far-reaching, comprehensive improvements to Virginia’s system of care.

    “We’ve had gradual steps forward, but there hasn’t yet been transformational reform,” said law professor Richard Bonnie, the mental health policy expert who is coordinating volunteer service by law students. The efforts are also being assisted by students in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the School of Medicine.

    The General Assembly Read More

    A region of the brain that responds to bad experiences has the opposite reaction to expectations of aversive events in people with depression compared to healthy adults, finds a new UCL study funded by the Medical Research Council.

    The study, published in Molecular Psychiatry, found that the habenula, a pea-sized region of the brain, functions abnormally in depression. The same team previously showed that the habenula was activated in healthy volunteers when they expected to receive an Read More

    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

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