Federal Mental Health Care Reform
Jamycheal Mitchell Tragedy
Membership Survey on Mental Health Policy Priorities
There are several different efforts for reform of Virginia’s mental health care system including the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century, revisions to the Medicaid Managed Long-term Services and Supports Program, The Substance Use Disorder Medicaid Waiver, and possible amendments to Virginia biennial budget. NAMI Virginia seeks to effectively represent our members’ viewpoints during public policy advocacy efforts. Below are findings from the 2016 survey of NAMI Virginia members. Findings were published in September 2017. Click here for a summary of our 2017 membership survey. Click here for a summary of our 2016 Membership Survey. Click here for a summary of our 2015 Membership Survey.
Parent Access Survey
The Virginia Family Network, a program of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Virginia (NAMI Virginia), has conducted a statewide survey targeting parents or caregivers who have children or youth with mental health needs. The goal is to inform policy makers with a better understanding of families’ experiences in accessing children’s mental health services in Virginia. Approximately 200 parents responded, including representation from each of Virginia’s regions. In addition, parents reported experiences with multiple systems, both public and private.
Young Adult Access Survey
Youth MOVE Virginia, a program of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Virginia (NAMI Virgina), has conducted a statewide survey targeting young adults (ages 18-30) who have experience accessing mental health services. The goal is to inform policy makers and providers with a better understanding of the complications that young people face when seeking mental health care.
Fact sheets are concise documents that help explain the issue for which you are educating and advocating. Use these fact sheets when educating and speaking with friends, policy makers, community partners, and others. Please visit www.nami.org for additional fact sheets.
- Key Policy Issues and Priorities
- Mental Health Matters: Quality Information Helps You Make Informed Decisions
- NAMI’s Position on Involuntary Treatment and Court-Ordered Treatment
Complaint Filed to Office of Civil Rights: Auxiliary Grants
- Complaint (May 10, 2013)
- Decision from Office of Civil Rights (letter dated July 30, 2013)
- Press Release (August 12, 2013)
- Read about Virginia’s auxiliary grant program (link to Virginia DSS website)
Barriers to Discharge from State Hospitals
- May 29, 2012 NAMI VA and VCEH Letter to Governor McDonnell on the Inspector General’s Report: A Review of the Barriers to Discharge in the State-Operated Adult Behavioral Health Facilities
- Governor McDonnell letter about Inspector General’s report