Posts Tagged Mental Health

Law Students Challenge Need for Mental Health Question

VSB_0Law students around the state are demanding a change in Virginia’s Bar Exam. They say a question that asks for mental health history has a chilling effect on future lawyers. The push comes after the American Bar Association recently recommended states re-evaluate whether to ask for the sensitive information. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Lawmakers Continue to Discuss Changes to Criminal Justice System, Including Mental Health Reform


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Jails across Virginia are becoming de facto mental institutions as more and more inmates arrive every day with serious mental illness. And, lawmakers are hoping better treatment in jail might free up psychiatric beds for those not caught up in the criminal justice system. Micheal Pope reports.

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A Racial Divide for Mental Health Care Exists in Virginia

va_state_flag.jpgFor years, lawmakers in Virginia have struggled to find ways to expand mental health care — with mixed results. A new report from the Commonwealth Institute finds a racial divide in terms of who gets help. Michael Pope has the story.

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Lawmakers Struggle to Find Money for Mental Health Screenings for Inmates

Creigh Deeds, James LeMunyon

Virginia State Senator, Creigh Deeds, speaks to Delegate James LeMunyon, R-Fairfax, left, during the House session at the Capitol in Richmond, VA, in 2014. Deeds is still pushing for mental health legislation, but funding is falling short. (Credit: Steve Helber / AP)

Lawmakers started the session with a resolve to do something about the problem of mental illness in Virginia jails, an effort that has urgency this year because of a tragic death that happened last year. But as Michael Pope reports, now lawmakers are saying they can’t find the money to change the system.

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Jamycheal Mitchell’s Death is Sparking Discussions Over Mental Health Reform at the General Assembly

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Senator Barbara Favola is pushing legislation that would require mental health training for all correctional officers in the state. (Credit: Cliff / Creative Commons)

The death of a mentally ill man at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail is prompting lawmakers to take action in Richmond. Michael Pope has the story.

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New State Grants Hope to Help Keep Inmates with Mental Illnesses Out of Jail

Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran.

Virginia’s Secretary of Public Health, Brian Moran

The state has awarded $3.5 million in grants to six regional jails to provide mental health services.  Officials hope to address the underlying cause of crimes — to keep inmates from coming back after they’re released. Sandy Hausman has more on that story.

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