October Newsletter

A Letter from the President

Many thanks to all those who came out and supported the NAMIWALK. It was a beautiful day, great crowd and wonderful to be participating in such a good event. I hope all of you enjoyed the exercise and had a good time with your team.

In October, the Board voted on the new Officers for 2015: Vince Cammarata, President, Mike Francisco, 1st Vice President, Keith Kittinger, Secretary, and Abbey Barclay, Treasurer. The 2nd Vice President position is open and will be voted on in January by the new Board.  Thank you and congratulations to these officers who have volunteered their time and effort to serve NAMI Central Virginia.   

As members of NAMI CENTRAL VIRGINIA, your vote is important in selecting Board Members.  At our November General Meeting we will vote for candidates to serve a new 3-year Board Term. Please come and vote!   

We can accomplish great things by working together with good leadership. 

I hope to see you on Nov 13th. 

Rick Stuller
Fundraising Opportunities
NAMI Central Virginia  (NAMI-CVA) is excited to announce several opportunities to raise funds for mental health programs. In addition to events like the NAMI Walk and the NAMI-CVA Annual Golf Tournament, there are a number of ways to financially strengthen our affiliate. Here are some of the ways you can get involved. Please share with others!

Do you shop online, especially during the holiday season? Do you shop at Amazon.com? NAMI Central Virginia is enrolled in the Amazon Smile Program!

With Amazon Smile, shoppers that have registered with NAMI Central Virginia as their non-profit of choice will have .5% of their total purchase donated. Eligible products include most physical products sold on Amazon.com. 

This excludes digital music/video downloads and Kindle e-book downloads.

Haven’t registered on Amazon Smile yet? Don’t worry, it only takes a minute! Simply visit our Amazon Smile Page, or click the Amazon Smile "Get Started" image above to register and start donating!

Kroger Plus-Card Community Rewards!
Once again, NAMI Central Virginia is participating in the Kroger Community Rewards Program! Shopping at Kroger? Register your Kroger Plus-Card online, and help raise money simply by purchasing groceries!
  • Visit www.krogercommunityrewards.com with your Plus Card ready
  • Click “Sign Up”, or “New Customer?” to register
  • Fill in the required information. You will receive a confirmation email to activate your account
  • Once activated, you can search for our affiliate by typing in “NAMI Central Virginia” or search our NPO #, which is 83261
  • Once registered, you should see NAMI Central Virginia pop up on your Kroger page. You’re done!
If you require assistance with these steps, don’t hesitate to call the office at 804-285-1749!

Crowdfunding Campaigns!

2014 will be the first year that NAMI Central Virginia participates in Crowdfunding. What is crowdfunding, you ask? Simply put, Crowdfunding is fundraising done through an online donation service, allowing individuals and non-profits to raise funds from people across the world. Crowdfunding campaigns benefit NAMI-CVA the most when shared on social media and email. 

NAMI-Central Virginia is now live on the following Crowdfunding sites:

...and CVA will soon launch campaigns on these Crowdfunding sites:

  • Pozible
  • Kickstarter
  • Crowdrise

Each site has a different “flavor” allowing people to donate to specific causes or projects. Check out some of our Campaigns and share them with friends!
November General Meeting:
Member Appreciation/Volunteer Recognition Night
Please note that the general meeting will be held at Monument Heights Baptist Church rather than at the Weinstein Jewish Community Center

The address of the church is 5716 Monument Ave, Richmond, VA 23226. Monument Heights Baptist Church is located across from St. Mary's Hospital on the corner of Monument and Libby Avenues. 

The November General Meeting will be Member Appreciation/Volunteer Recognition Night. Awards will be given and voting will take place on new candidates for the Board of Directors. 
NAMI Central Virginia Members, please keep your membership active by mailing your renewal dues. Renewal notices were recently mailed, so please keep an eye out for them. Members who are no longer active will not be able to vote in the upcoming Board elections.​
New NAMI Connection Facilitators

On the weekend of October 4th, several individuals came together at NAMI Virginia’s Conference Room to join the ranks of NAMI Connection Facilitators. There were 11 graduates of the training, of which ten are NAMI-CVA members! Each of these folks will bring their talents and concern for others to the Connection program; allowing NAMI-CVA to offer more support than ever before!

NAMI Connection is a free, bi-monthly recovery support group for adults living with mental illness, facilitated by trained peers. As of now, two new groups are starting up, with more to come! Below is information about NAMI-CVA's two new Connection Support Groups:

NAMI Connection Petersburg

When: 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, from 6:00 – 7:30 P.M.

Where: Petersburg Public Library, the Wellness Room

201 W. Washington St.

Petersburg, VA 23803

Facilitators: Matt Spence, Kimbaly Bennett

NAMI Connection East End

When: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, from 6:00 – 7:30 P.M.

Where: Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital, OPIC Conference Room

1500 N. 28th St.

Richmond, VA 23223

Facilitators: Calendria ‘C.C.’ Jones, Heron Mehretab, Kim Hammond

Interested in Volunteering?
NAMI-CVA has several upcoming opportunities to get involved! Please see the volunteer areas listed below. If interested, please call Jeff at 804-285-1749.

Virginia 529 Health Fair 
NAMI-CVA will have a table at the Virginia 529 Charity Health Fair on November 12th, from 11 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. This fair will be located at 9001 Arboretum Pkwy, Richmond VA, 23236. NAMI-CVA needs two to three people to cover the event.

Hopewell Office
Our community partners at HCA have been generous enough to offer NAMI-CVA office space inside of John Randolph Hospital. Ideally, this office should be staffed three days a week. 

The NAMI-CVA office at John Randolph Hospital will serve as a contact point for individuals in the district 19 area. NAMI-CVA staff and volunteers will answer questions and provide resources to those in the Hopewell / Petersburg community. Please call Jeff at 804-285-1749 if you are interested in volunteering to staff the Hopewell office.

Holiday Party

The NAMI-CVA Holiday party is fast approaching. On December 4th, we will need volunteers to assist with setup, serving food, and cleanup. 

NAMI CVA Holiday Party: December 4th
The NAMI Central Virginia annual holiday party will be held on December 4th at the
Jewish Community Center from 6 PM – 8 PM. The party will feature food, fellowship with friends, and holiday fun! Look for your invitation in the mail in the near future. 

Volunteers are needed to serve food. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the office at 804-285-1749 or info@namicentralvirginia.org.

Donations for the Sycamore Center
This year, NAMI Central Virginia will be collecting gifts for consumers at the Sycamore Center, a psychosocial clubhouse in Petersburg. Donations can be dropped off at the annual holiday party on December 4th. Please pay attention to the list of items below that are needed (acceptable) and not allowed. Thank you in advance for your donations!

Not Allowed
• No candles
• No glass containers (i.e., no nail polish, etc.)
• No perishable food (gifts are not delivered for up to 4 days)

• Playing cards
• Board games such as checkers
• Toiletries (shampoo, aftershave lotion, sanitizer – plastic bottles ONLY)
• Note paper or cards
• Art supplies or magic markers, pens, or pencils
• Hair bands/ribbons/clips
• Candy that does not melt
• Knit hats
• Gloves/socks size large or XL
• Scarves
• Wallets or change purses
• Flashlights with batteries
• Holiday door decorations
• Holiday jewelry
• Holiday men’s neck ties
• Picture frames (No glass)
• Novelty food items (again, non-perishable only)
• Disposable cameras
• Photo albums
• Greetings cards
• Tissues (boxes and pocket packets)
• New books (paperbacks and crossword puzzle)
• Teas and coffee
• Flip flops/slippers, sizes Large and XL
• Gift cards for $5
Upcoming Class:
NAMI Hearts & Minds
NAMI Hearts & Minds is an educational wellness initiative promoting the idea of wellness in both mind and body. The program focuses on additional physical health risks that individuals living with mental illness may face, as well as developing wellness plans to curb those risks. Those living with mental illness, traditionally, have been at higher risk for things such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and other physical impairments. Knowing these risks and what can be done to minimize them can vastly improve overall health!

The Hearts & Minds program will be presented in four separate sessions. Jeff Conley will be facilitating the program along with one or two health professionals that will speak as guests. This program is offered free of charge, but registration is required! Here are some details:

Where: NAMI CVA Office
              1904 Byrd Ave, Suite 207
              Richmond, VA 23230
When: Mondays from 3:00 – 4:00 P.M.
             November 17th – Introduction
             November 24th – Smoking Cessation
             December 1st – Healthy Eating
             December 8th – Mental Illness and Exercise

For more info or to register, call Jeff at the NAMI-CVA Office, 804-285-1749. 

New NAMI-CVA Programs!
NAMI Central Virginia is pleased to announce two new NAMI programs that are coming to the Central Virginia community in 2015: Ending the Silence and Parents and Teachers as Allies. Please see below for more information. NAMI-CVA is now recruiting individuals for training!

Ending the Silence

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.

In order to have this program placed in the community, NAMI-CVA needs to train people that fit the following roles:

  • Lead Presenter - An adult who is either a family member or an individual living in recovery with a mental illness
  • Young Adult Presenter - An adult (ideally 18-35) who is living in recovery and can relate well to youth ages 13-18.

Parents and Teachers as Allies

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. It focuses on the specific age-related symptoms of mental illness in youth. The program lasts two hours, and aims to help schools communicate with families when issues arise.  

In order to have this program placed in the community, NAMI-CVA needs to train people that fit the following roles:

  • An educational professional, who is also a family member
  • A parent or caregiver of a child with mental illness
  • A mental health consumer that experienced the early onset of mental illness, usually before age 18

Help Wanted: VCU Virginia Treatment Center for Children
The VCU Virginia Treatment Center for Children currently has several job openings! The treatment center is looking to fill three positions, as well as an unspecified number of clinical nurses. 

The postings are listed below; if you are interested, you may contact them directly, or contact the NAMI office at info@namicentralvirginia.org or at 804-285-1749.

Nurse Practitioner 

- Department: 1906 Psych Clinical/Admins Svs 
- VCU Health System, Richmond, VA - Part time 
- Part-time or Hourly 
- 7: Rotating 
- Masters degree is required 

For more than 173 years, VCU Health System has been caring for patients, educating the next generation of health care professionals and conducting world-class research. We know that our employees are exceptional. That’s why we provide meaningful benefits focused on work/life balance, including child and elder care, flexible work options, extensive medical benefits, competitive pay and prepaid tuition. Beautiful Richmond, Virginia is located at the crossroads of Interstates 64 and 95, and is just an hour from the mountains and two hours from the beach and Washington, D.C. Ours is a city-scape of culture, offering historic residential neighborhoods, fine arts, an eclectic dining scene, professional sports, outdoor recreation and a host of other attractions.

The Psych Clinical/Admin Services department is currently recruiting for a part-time Nurse Practitioner at its Virginia Treatment Center for Children.  Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) is the Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Program of the Department of Psychiatry of the VCU Medical Center and the VCU Medical School.  VTCC provides inpatient Acute Care Crisis Stabilization for and a full spectrum of outpatient mental health services for children and adolescents ages 3 through 17 years of age.  VTCC is located on the campus of the VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.

The candidate must possess excellent communication skills; proficient clinical skills; excellent problem solving skills and role model exemplary customer service skills.

Licensure, Certification, or Registration Requirements for Hire
Current RN licensure in Virginia or eligible
License to practice as NP in the specialty area in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Prescriptive Authority when required

Level and type of experience REQUIRED 
2 years experience as a RN

Level and type of experience PREFERRED
Academic Health Care Experience; 2 years within the specialty practice area
Advanced Practice Nursing Role or Clinical Leadership Role Experience preferred

Education/training REQUIRED
Masters Degree in Nursing from accredited program specific to area of practice

Link to the position: 

Clinical Nurse - Psychiatric and Behavioral Health 

- Department: 
- VCU Health System, Richmond, VA - Various Schedules 
- Bachelors degree is preferred 
- Appropriate licensure is required 
- 1-2 years experience is required 

For 175 years, VCU Health System (VCUHS) has cared for patients, educated the next generation of health care professionals and conducted world-class research. We know that our employees make us exceptional, so it’s part of our business strategy to provide meaningful benefits and a generous variety of life-work offerings. These programs are integral to our culture. They enrich the lives of our more than 9,000 outstanding employees and they nourish the soul of our community. Our commitment to our employees has earned us several national and local distinctions, including: recognition as a multiyear designee as Richmond's Employer of Choice and recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Flexibility; and a recognized leader for Workforce Development practices in Greater Richmond. As Richmond's first Magnet® designated facility, we are focused on a culture of professionalism, community leadership and evidence-based practice. 
VCU Health System is currently recruiting for experienced Clinical Nurses for one or more units within our specialized Psychiatric and Behavioral Health division, to include: the Crisis Stabilization Unit, Electroconvulsive Therapy, General Psych Unit, Medical Psych Unit and our Virginia Treatment Center for Children, which provides full spectrum behavioral health care and treatment for children and adolescents. 

Job opportunities are currently available in the following areas:
  • Virginia Treatment Center for Children
We invite you to apply and learn more about the opportunities we have to be a valued member of our health care team and promote desired outcomes in nursing practice with safety, quality care and service excellence as our guiding principles. 
Qualified applicants must possess the following: 

Education/training REQUIRED: 
·        Graduate of an accredited RN nursing program 
·        Completion of a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from an accredited program within 5 years of hire, if not BSN-prepared or higher   
Licensure, Certification, or Registration Requirements for Hire: 
·        Current RN licensure in Virginia or eligible 
Level and type of experience REQUIRED 
·        One year or more of clinical experience 
Level and type of education/experience PREFERRED: 
·        Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from an accredited program 
·        Academic Health Care experience 
·        Certification in specialty area

Contact: (HR) Human Resources 
Tel: 804.628.0918 
Address: 701 E. Franklin St., 9th Fl. (P.O. Box 980066) Richmond VA 23298 

Link to the position: