Mental Health en New Guidelines for Managing Psychiatric Crisis <p>Virginia will have new rules for managing people in a psychiatric crisis under final legislation approved on the last day of the General Assembly session.&nbsp;</p><p>The bills extend the length of time that a person in a dangerous state of mind can be held in an emergency and ensure that a secure psychiatric bed will be found. this is only the first step for an initiative that will also evaluate how well the new system works.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:17:31 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 18328 at New Guidelines for Managing Psychiatric Crisis VaNews for 03.03.14 <p></p><p>Police officers in Chesterfield County have received some personal insights on interacting with mentally ill individuals...and a Hampton Roads woman found out it's not always easy to take a child out of martial arts training.</p><p>Those stories have been among the most frequently viewed over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project's <a href="">VaNews link</a> on <a href=""></a>.</p><p></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:33:58 +0000 Fred Echols 17944 at VaNews for 03.03.14 Medicaid Expansion & Mental Health <p>As the effort continues to press the Virginia House of Delegates to jump on board with Medicaid expansion, mental health advocates are warning of what could happen if those who are uninsured remain so.&nbsp;</p><p>One coalition says that while both chambers have made addressing mental health a priority this session, those who suffer from illnesses will still face many challenges if they do not have the means to pay for critical services.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Tommie McNeil 17875 at Medicaid Expansion & Mental Health Mental Health Report Addresses Accountability <p>There’s new information on the state of the mental health system in Virginia.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new report issued by the state’s inspector general reveals that Virginia is spending millions of dollars annually to house mental health patients who no longer qualify or need state care.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the latest report by the Office of the State Inspector General, there are mental health patients occupying beds that could otherwise be used by people requiring emergency or long-term psychiatric care.</span></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:40:58 +0000 Lisa Fenderson 17447 at Mental Health Report Addresses Accountability Mental Health Custody Issue Moves Forward <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 8pt;"><p>A person in a mental health crisis may be kept in custody for evaluation for up to 24 hours under legislation that has cleared the Virginia Senate.&nbsp;</p><p>The new, 24-hour limit passed over the objections of some in the law enforcement community, who worried that such a lengthy period may divert deputy sheriffs who are detaining the patient from other public safety priorities.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:43:30 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 17102 at Mental Health Custody Issue Moves Forward