Mar 2, 2020 By Joseph Whitney Smith, Capital News Service Houston Chronicle https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/Legislature-OKs-mental-health-training-for-15099974.php
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The General Assembly passed a bill that will require full-time teachers to complete mental health awareness training, though some advocates are split on how the training should be implemented.
Del. Kaye Kory, D- Fairfax, sponsored House Bill 74, which incorporated HB 716 and HB 1554. Kory, a former school board member, said teachers and faculty may be better able to understand and Read More
Updated: Mar 3, 2020, 3:17 PM By Associated Press WHSV Newsroom https://www.whsv.com/content/news/Gov-Northam-signs-bill-banning-conversion-therapy-in-Virginia-568449431.html
RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WHSV) —Virginia’s governor signed a bill on Tuesday effectively banning the discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children in the commonwealth.
Gov. Ralph Northam signed House Bill 386, which will officially take effect on July 1, 2020.
Conversion therapy is a practice used to try to change sexual orientation or gender identity. The Virginia Senate voted 22-18 and the House of Delegates voted 66-27 to ban licensed Read More
PUBLISHED: 07:54, Tue, Mar 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:53, Tue, Mar 3, 2020 By Tom Fish Express https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1250118/mental-health-study-schizophrenia-types-variations
For the first time ever, two distinct neuroanatomical variations of schizophrenia have been identified.
Researchers analysed the brain scans of more than 300 schizophrenia patients in the study.
The first variation shows lower volumes of grey matter in comparison to a healthy brain, while the second variation has largely the same levels.
Experts believe these findings may revolutionise mankind’s understanding of schizophrenia, as well as identifying potential treatment Read More
Feb 12, 2020 11:00 am ET By Lauren Weber The Wall Street Journal https://www.wsj.com/articles/managing-mental-health-at-work-is-a-juggle-of-rights-and-realities-11581523201
Managers and younger employees are struggling to adapt as a generation of people with higher rates of reported mental illness enter the workforce.
Many of these new workers are coming to offices from colleges and high schools where they received accommodations, such as extra time to take tests or complete assignments—in some cases from elementary school onward. They are confronting a world of work that operates under Read More
Jan 26, 2020 By Lisa Beitz The Daily Progress https://www.dailyprogress.com/dailyprogress/vital-signs-legislative-issues-that-can-affect-behavioral-health-in/article_5ad6635a-1eba-5c1f-a638-0ac5ea48c352.html
The Virginia Association of Community Services Boards represents the 40 Community Services Boards in state and federal public policy matters, funding, legislation and regulation. The VACSB has a number of legislative priorities for the upcoming year to support individuals with behavioral health needs and concerns. Two of those priorities are connected to STEP Virginia and Medicaid expansion.
In 2017, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services introduced the STEP-VA program, Read More
He heard voices. He once set fire to his home. Pilgrim helped him ‘come back to the world, the real world’
February 8, 2020 By David Olson Newsday https://www.newsday.com/news/health/schizophrenia-mental-health-pilgrim-psychiatric-center-1.41499840
When Larry Euell Jr. was 18, he was convinced voices coming out of the radio were talking about him. Three years later, while in a rage, he started a fire in his bedroom and almost burned down his family’s house.
That fire culminated in him being sent to Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, where four years of treatment left Euell, now 34, of Hempstead, happier and optimistic.
“What Pilgrim did was transition me to come back to the world, Read More