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December 12, 2018
Virginia wants to help people with mental illness navigate the criminal justice system

Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Herring remembers the fatal shooting of man in the Gilpin Court housing project last summer because of one characteristic:

A transcript of the defendant’s interview with police showed the defendant laughing repeatedly while discussing the crime.

But when he watched the police interview video, Herring found the laugh was actually more of a low chuckle, scattered throughout the suspect’s testimony as he discussed the shooting of his best friend in front of the friend’s family.

Herring recognized in the Read More

    Virginia’s mental health system needs an overhaul, legislators say

    State Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, urges the state to come up with a plan to shrink the state’s network of mental hospitals at a Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services meeting on Dec 4 2018 (Dave Ress/ staff)

    Virginia needs a plan to shrink its network of state mental hospitals, according to a key state legislative panel.

    The term the panel used is “right-sizing” the state system of nine hospitals.

    “We’ve got to get to the point where Read More

    How To Be Supportive Of Your Partner With Mental Illness

    Being in a relationship with someone you love can be beautiful. It can also be difficult, as you face the hurdles of everyday life. But if your partner struggles with mental illness, those issues can become much more intense for both of you. Understanding the needs of someone with mental illness is challenging. And you may not know how to support your partner living with mental illness while caring for your own needs, too. Here are a few ways Read More

    Secretary Alex Azar, U.S. Health & Human Services, announced that the Administration will allow states to apply for Medicaid waivers to pay for mental health treatment in inpatient settings known as IMDs, or institutions of mental disease.  Historically, Medicaid has not paid for treatment in these settings for most adults. While this policy was intended to reduce inhumane institutionalization, it also resulted in unequal coverage of mental health and, tragically, a lack of appropriate options for people with severe mental health Read More

    Virtual reality therapy has real-life benefits for some mental disorders

    Edwin adjusted his headset and gripped the game controller in both hands. He swallowed hard. The man had good reason to be nervous. He was about to enter a virtual environment tailor-made to get his heart pumping way more than any action-packed video game: a coffee shop full of people.

    Determined to overcome his persistent fear that other people want to hurt him, Edwin had enrolled in a study of a new virtual reality therapy. The research aimed to help Read More

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – It’s a sobering thought; One in every five Americans is believed to be suffering from a mental health issue like depression or anxiety.

    This week marks National Mental Illness Awareness Week, a week established by Congress in 1990 to put the spotlight on a subject not talked about nearly enough.

    This year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is promoting the theme “CureStigma” to end the stigma of mental illness and a lack of compassion and understanding Read More

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