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Press Release: Mental Health Reform: The missing link is health insurance coverage.
February 26, 2014

Statement on Events Involving Senator Creigh Deeds and Son
November 19, 2013

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Virginia
For Immediate Release
November 10, 2011

Virginia Has Slight Increase in Mental Health Funding for FY 2012, but a Long History of Underfunding Continues; Medicaid is Part of the Squeeze

Virginia increased its spending slightly on mental health care for fiscal year (FY) 2012, according to a national report issued by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  But the $8 million increase represents only a 0.2 percent increase over the previous year.

Unfortunately, an increase of less than one half of one percent isn’t enough to make up for cuts in previous years.

From FY 2009 to FY 2012, Virginia cut an overall total of $37.7 million or 8.9 percent from mental health care.

By comparison, North Dakota, provided the greatest increase proportionally among all the states in its mental health budget (48.1 percent) for the same four year period..

See the full report for state by state data.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Virginia
For Immediate Release
June 7, 2011

NAMI Virginia Calls on State Officials to Address Widespread Problem of “Streeting”

Virginia’s Office of the Inspector General’s recently released report contains troubling information about a practice known as “streeting” where persons with serious mental illness are released to the streets, even though they meet the criteria for a Temporary Detention Order (TDO), because of a lack of acute inpatient hospital beds or other acceptable services or treatment that can be provided to the person. The report found that approximately 200 individuals were “streeted” between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2010 throughout the Commonwealth. Approximately twenty three of Virginia’s forty community services boards acknowledged that “streeting” had occurred in their agencies.

“Families and people in need of acute care services endure difficulty accessing these types of services. It’s a well-known problem that is apparently not being addressed satisfactorily. Letting the situation get to this point makes no sense.” stated Mira Signer, Executive Director of NAMI Virginia, an organization that represents adults and children with serious mental illness and their families. Click here to continue reading the press release

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