Virginia is creating a new Center for Behavioral Health and Justice under an executive directive signed by Governor McAuliffe. Its mission is to foster better interagency collaboration and help coordinate services in the state’s behavioral health system. The focus will be on individuals with mental illness who become involved with the criminal justice system.
During its recent session, Virginia's General Assembly took action on the Governor's Access Plan, which is a limited mental health and medical benefits package for a group of low-income adults in the Commonwealth. But what does it do, who is eligible, and what are its limitations?
Lawmakers approved a variation of the program granted by the federal government at the behest of Governor McAuliffe. Mira Signer with the National Alliance for Mental Illness says the benefits are for the seriously mentally ill between the ages of 21 and 64.
One of the state's greatest proponents in the General Assembly for mental health reforms says when it comes to progress made during this legislative session, it's a mixed bag. Senator Creigh Deeds says the MOST important legislation he sponsored actually died in the House of Delegates.
Just last year, hoarding disorder was added to what’s called the DSM-5, the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Steri-Clean was started by The Hoarders’ A&E TV series host Cory Chalmers but also recently became franchised in Richmond. The company started as a crime scene cleanup company run by Amber Voss and her husband.
“We had a call come in for a crime scene, there was no blood; it was a hoarder. I said where’s the crime scene, she said this is it. I said oh my!”
She did some research and reached out to Cory Chalmers.
Violent crime has been dropping for decades, but you wouldn’t know it to judge from what some call ‘the culture of fear’ that surrounds us. Virginia's crime rate has shown the same decline and remains lower than the national average. So why is fear on the rise?
Even though statistics show you’re far more likely to be the victim of an accident than a crime, especially a violent crime, perception of the pervasiveness of crime is on the rise.