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Jan 19, 2018 |

Across the country, more than 10 million people with mental illness rely on Medicaid, including many who live with severe conditions. Medicaid helps address the nation’s mental health care crisis by paying for services that people need, such as medications, case management, therapy, peer supports, crises and hospital care.

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) emphasized the goal of self-sufficiency through employment. On Jan. 11, CMS issued a State Medicaid Director letter supporting Read More

    Motherhood And Your Mental Health

    Jan. 26, 2018 | By Meredith Vaughn

    As soon as her baby was born, Anna felt a change. Something wasn’t right. She feared for her baby’s safety to an extreme degree. She would sit awake, staring at her baby through the night, terrified something would go wrong, and her daughter would die. After feeding, Anna wouldn’t allow herself to leave her baby’s side for even a moment, worrying something would happen in her absence.

    As her daughter grew older, Anna felt intense Read More

    Jan 14, 2018 | By Alexandria Bursiek

    Half of Virginia’s budget for mental health services goes to state hospitals that serve only 2 percent of the mentally ill population.

    That needs to change, said state Sen. Creigh Deeds.

    Deeds, a Democrat from Bath County, formed a subcommittee known as the Deeds commission in 2014 after the death of his son, Austin “Gus” Deeds, who committed suicide after stabbing his father 13 times at the family’s home. The day before, the senator tried to Read More

    Jan 29, 2018 | By Victoria Bourne

    For people suffering from mental health or substance abuse issues, timing can be everything when seeking help.

    In Chesapeake, getting people connected to the services they need faster has become a priority.

    Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Healthcare is one of 18 community services boards – and the only one in South Hampton Roads – to be funded by the state to implement same-day access.

    That means someone who calls or comes to a community services board will Read More

    12/13/2017 | NAMI

    Today is the one-year anniversary of when the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law. It’s the perfect time to celebrate the power of NAMI’s collective advocacy. Real change happens for our cause when we work together at the local, state and national level.

    Here are just a few highlights of changes made since you helped mental health reform become law:

    Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D. was appointed the first Assistant Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Read More

    12/20/2017 | NAMI

    “Having a stable place to live is the most important part of my recovery and stabilizing my mental health. It has allowed me to gain strength and knowledge on my disorder and get it under control knowing that my basic needs were met and stable too. Having housing has allowed me to be a productive volunteer as well as an employee.”

    —Stacey, Colorado

    Having a safe and stable place to call home is a critical component of recovery Read More

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