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Court strikes down Virginia law for ‘criminalizing an illness’ in targeting homeless alcoholics

August 14, 2019

July 17, 2019 By Ann E. Marimow The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/court-strikes-down-virginia-law-for-criminalizing-an-illness-in-targeting-homeless-alcoholics/2019/07/17/9ce7b53a-a7e4-11e9-a3a6-ab670962db05_story.html? A divided federal appeals court this week struck down a Virginia law for “effectively criminalizing an illness” by targeting homeless alcoholics for buying, consuming or having alcohol. The narrowly decided case reversed an earlier ruling from a three-judge panel of the same court, provoked more »

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How To Keep People Engaged In Mental Health Treatment

By Revella H. Nesbit, M.Ed., LPC-S, ODCP Jul. 19, 2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/July-2019/How-to-Keep-People-Engaged-in-Mental-Health-Treatm Mental illness affects every age group, gender, socio-economic status and culture, yet not all Americans have the same access to proper care. For example, only 20% of Asian Americans with mental illness receive treatment compared to 48% of white adults. And only 56% of African Americans and Latinx adults more »

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Study Shows NAMI Homefront Helps Veteran Family Members

By Lisa Dixon, M.D. Aug. 02, 2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/August-2019/Study-Shows-NAMI-Homefront-Helps-Veteran-Family-Me It’s no secret that the transition from war to civilian life is not easy for service members or their families. Add mental illness, and the already difficult experience can become a debilitating one. Unfortunately, this situation is very common. A 2014 study showed that nearly one out of four active more »

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Deaths In Virginia State Psychiatric Hospitals On The Rise

July 17, 2019

June 18, 2019 By Megan Pauly Community Idea Stations https://ideastations.org/radio/news/deaths-virginia-state-psychiatric-hospitals-rise Deaths in Virginia state psychiatric hospitals have been on the rise over the past several years. The number of deaths in the facilities has nearly doubled since 2014. In 2014, there were 32. In 2018, there were 59. “The greatest concern that we have: the more »

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Arlington County Considering Jail Diversion Program for Mentally Ill

July 9, 2019 at 3:30pm By Airey ARL Now https://www.arlnow.com/2019/07/09/arlington-county-considering-jail-diversion-program-for-mentally-ill/ Arlington County is considering a new program to divert people with mental illnesses into treatment instead of jail. The proposed program would waive incarceration for people with mental illnesses who are convicted of non-violent misdemeanors if they agree to an intensive treatment program supervised by more »

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