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IN THE NEWS: NAMI Virginia

December 8, 2017
New Online Course Helps People Who May Have Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

November 8, 2017 | nami.org

In recognition of Veterans Day, NAMI is launching a short course about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can happen to anyone, and it affects 3.5% (7.7 million) of the adult population in the United States.

The online course was created for service members and veterans, but is also helpful for anyone who has experienced a traumatic life event. This program provides a safe, confidential way for you to explore whether you’d Read More

    Mental Health Deserves Equal Treatment

    November 11, 2017 | nami.org

    The data is in: the inequities for people seeking mental health care are real.

    On November 30, NAMI released its third nationwide parity report, The Doctor is Out. The report found that, despite the federal parity law, people lack the same access to mental health providers as they have for other medical providers.

    “Treatment is very expensive, mostly out-of-network, and at least in the area we are in, there is a shortage of psychiatrists.” Cami

    More than Read More

    Dave Ress | November 25, 2017

    Sometimes, you need to spend money to save money, Virginia’s top mental health official says.

    Jack Barber, interim commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, hopes to convince the General Assembly that the state needs to find the funds to do just that.

    Virginia spends more of its mental health budget on state hospitals than other states and far less on the front line for the community Read More

    VCU Health opens doors to new mental health facility for children

    Hiba Ahmad |November 26, 2017

    he Virginia Treatment Center for Children has a new home thanks to VCU Health, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and a $56 million grant from the General Assembly.

    The VTCC focuses on addressing and providing resources for children dealing with mental health disorders ranging from anxiety to depression and providing gender and sexuality related mental health resources.

    “When VCU assumed stewardship of VTCC in 1991, we recognized the importance of providing children in the community and Read More

    Stigmatizing Media Portrayals: What Can We Do?

    October 23, 2017 | By Emma Frankham

    The media often reports on individuals with mental illness. However, little is known about how accurately the media portrays these individuals. Are journalists getting mental illness “right?” It seems the answer is no. I analyzed news reports about individuals with mental illness who were killed by police during 2015 and 2016 and found that these individuals were often stigmatized because of their mental illness. In 301 online news reports, I found 231 examples of stigmatizing language.

    This stigmatization Read More

    This summer, with the help of your advocacy, we defeated Congress’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And just a few weeks ago, we fought back again against the dangerous Graham-Cassidy health reform bill.

    Now, the White House has announced plans that would make significant changes to mental health coverage. Meanwhile, congressional leaders are working toward reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and have forged a tentative bipartisan agreement to stabilize the insurance markets.

    CHIP Reauthorization Update

    The CHIP Read More

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