Mental Health News

Letter from the President
We hope everyone is enjoying their summer activities and the longer days that the sun provides. 

Our next General Meeting will be Thursday Sept 11 and we hope everyone will make an effort to be there and catch up with your NAMI friends. We will discussing our plans leading up to the 2014 NAMIWALK on Saturday October 18 at Innsbrook. Each year this event improves its offerings and there seems to be greater participation. It’s a wonderful day for NAMI Members, Friends and Supporters to come together for exercise, fun and fellowship. I encourage you to put this on your calendar, invite those close to you to get involved, come out enjoy the day, meet others and learn more about NAMI. 

I hope to see you at these events!
Rick Stuller
Board Nominations

We are still accepting nominations for board members; you have probably received print and email notices regarding this.  Please submit these as soon as possible by replying to the email, emailing, or mailing the office at 1904 Byrd Avenue, Richmond VA, 23230 in Suite 207.  Thank you!
New NAMI Programs
Ending the Silence and Parents and Teachers as Allies

NAMI Central Virginia is pleased to announce two new NAMI programs, Ending the Silence and Parents and Teachers as Allies!  

Ending the Silence is a program that aims to educate high school students on mental illness and related issues.  The program is taught typically to a high school science or psychology class, and is run by trained presenters that includes a young adult in recovery.  

Parents and Teachers as Allies focuses on teaching parents and teachers of the early warning signs of mental illness in order to help get those with mental illness into early treatment.  The program lasts two hours, and aims to help schools communicate with families when issues arise.

While everything is currently still in the works, in the future we will be looking for volunteers to train to facilitate these programs.  Anyone who is interested in more information is welcome to contact the office at 804-285-1749 or at
Upcoming Classes
New Family-to-Family Classes

NAMI Central Virginia will host a new free Family-to-Family class at the First Presbyterian Church for family members, caregivers, and friends of individuals with:

Bipolar disorder, Major Depression, Schizophrenia, Co-occurring Brain and Addictive Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Schizoaffective, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Family-to-Family is a series of 12 weekly classes structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well being. The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers who know what it’s like to have a loved one struggling with one of these brain disorders. There is no cost to participate in the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program. All instruction and course materials are free to class participants. Over 300,000 people have graduated from this national program.

Classes Dates: September 22, 2014 to December 15, 2014
Class day and time: Monday night's from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M.
Location: First Presbyterian Church at 4602 Cary Street Road, Richmond, VA 23226
Class Trainers: Mike and Pat Francisco

Registration required. Classes limited to 25 persons. To register email or call Jeff at 804-285-1749. 
2014 Legislative Changes
Laws That Took Effect July 1st, 2014

On July 1st, 2014, a series of new legislative changes were implemented into law that affect the community.  The pertinent changes to mental health laws are detailed below.

Senate Bill 260, House Bill 478, House Bill 293

-DBHDS administers a web-based acute psychiatric bed registry, with required participation by all state facilities, private inpatient providers, and CSUs.
-ECO valid for a period not to exceed 8 hours from the time of execution.
-If detained in a state facility at expiration of 8 hours, may continue to identify an alternative facility for an additional 4 hours.
-Police will always notify the CSB responsible for conducting the evaluation after taking the person into custody on an ECO.
-Any person taken into custody shall be given a written summary of the ECO procedures and statutory protections.
-Upon receiving notification of the need for an evaluation, the CSB shall contact the state facility.
-A state facility shall not fail or refuse to admit an individual who meets TDO criteria unless an alternative facility agrees to accept.  Any individual who meets TDO criteria shall not be released.
-If an alternative facility of temporary detention cannot be identified by the end of 8 hours, the individual shall be detained in the state facility.
-CSB may change the facility of temporary detention, designating an alternative (more appropriate) facility, at any point during the period of temporary detention.
-Every person detained on a TDO shall be given a written summary of the TDO procedure and statutory protections.
-The commitment hearing shall be held within 72 hours of execution of the TDO.
-Anyone TDO'd and committed, or staying voluntarily, is prohibited from possessing, purchasing, or transporting a gun.
-Annual report from DBHDS: number of notifications, number of alternative facilities contacted, number of TDO's provided by state facilities and alternative facilities, LOS, cost.
-Review requirements and increase qualifications, training, and oversight of individuals performing pre-admission screenings.
Amazing Raise 5K
Charity Run

The Amazing Raise 5K Race at The Boulders will be taking place on September 16th, 2014 at 6 PM!  The Amazing Raise "creates an opportunity for people to run for personal wellness, campaign for their favorite charities, and encourage philanthropy among their peers."  

This is the 4th year for GiveRichmond's annual "Amazing Raise 5k." This event has raised over $3.3 million dollars for local charities in the community. Sponsorships from local businesses will fund grant prizes for runners, and the runners can compete on behalf of their favorite charities. NAMI CVA is one GiveRichmond charity participating this year, so we need runners and walkers to support the event!

For more details on the race, please visit  
Fundraising Video
Interviewees Needed

NAMI-CVA is creating a video for a crowd-sourcing campaign to raise funds.  We currently need NAMI consumers and family members who're willing to be interviewed on videotape to discuss their personal or family experiences with mental illness and recovery.  If you are interested in being interviewed for the fundraising video, please contact the office at or at 804-285-1749. 
New Family-to-Family Training
Facilitators Needed

NAMI-Virginia will be running a new Family-to-Family facilitator training session, and is currently looking for new facilitators to run the program.  We at NAMI-CVA are in particular interested in finding out if any of our members are would be willing to facilitate program sessions.

Obligations for interested parties involve, beyond attending the training sessions, being punctual during a twelve-week commitment to host the classes, which are weekly and last several hours per session.   You must be a member of NAMI-CVA to become a facilitator.

The training will take place in Woodbridge VA (Northern Virginia).  Candidates need to bear in mind that we are unable to provide travel accommodations, and they will be on their own.

All interested candidates should contact the office by the 8th of August at 804-285-1749 or
Community Health Fair
Volunteers Needed

The Church of God and Saints of Christ Fourth Tabernacle's annual Community Day will be taking place on Sunday, August 17th!  The event lasts from noon until 5 PM, and NAMI-CVA is looking for volunteers to man the table.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the main office at 804-285-1749, or email us at

Event: Community Day
Date: Sunday, August 17th 2014
Time: 12 PM - 5 PM
Location: 500 North 31st Street
Richmond, VA 23223
Robert McDonald Nominated
President's Nominee to head the Department of Veteran's Affairs

Senator Mark Warner's office recently put out a news update on the President's new nominee to head the Department of Veteran's Affairs.  The nominee, Robert McDonald, is the former CEO of Proctor and Gamble and a former Army veteran.

Mr. McDonald has been chosen to head the VA as a result of recent troubles the department has seen in recent years.  Senator Warner took time to discuss two Virginia based initiatives with Mr. McDonald - both of which are being offered pro bono - to help the ailing agency.  The first is the William and Mary law school's Puller Veteran's Clinic; Senator Warner advocated for the adoptation of it's speedier model nationally, and the charitable offer of assistance by several IT firms in northern Virginia to "assess and recommend solutions to fix the VA's patient scheduling system."

The Senate will be voting on Mr. McDonald's nomination soon.
source: Senator Mark Warner's eNewsletter
Is Your Address Correct?

NAMI Central Virginia would like to ask all members to make sure they have the correct mailing address on file in order to receive correspondance.  If your address has changed recently, please contact the NAMI-CVA office at 804-285-1749, or