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Blog Archive: February 2018

Children’s Mental Health in the Senate and House Budget Recommendations

On Sunday, Feb. 18, the Senate and House money committees released their budgets. Some key differences in the House and Senate budget proposals are described below. Alternative Transportation We are…

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2018 GA Session Update: Building Political Will for Trauma-Informed Policies

We are making slow and steady progress in our efforts to promote trauma-informed care as policymakers in Virginia become more aware of trauma-informed policy and practices. We asked the House…

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Working to improve health insurance access in Virginia

Update 2/23/18: Yesterday, the House and Senate voted on their versions of the budget, which are actually their changes to the budget introduced by outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe in December….

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Time to Do Something Big in ECE

Voices had the opportunity to present to the Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education of the House Appropriations Committee this Wednesday. Our policy director, Emily Griffey, shares her thoughts about…

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Lee Switz understands fundraising, advocacy connection

Voices board member Lee Switz traces her involvement with social justice to 1964 when she boarded a bus bound for Washington, D.C. A recent 21-year-old college graduate, Lee went to…

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Support a Statewide Alternative Transportation System for Children and Adults in Mental Health Crisis

In Virginia, children and adults experiencing a mental health crisis are often transported to a mental health facility by law enforcement. During transport, children are frequently handcuffed and sometimes shackled…

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Children’s Mental Health Advocacy Day

We joined many other advocates to raise our voices in the Virginia General Assembly on Children’s Mental Health Advocacy Day, Feb. 5, 2018. Our Talking Points Our talking points focused…

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VCU Social Work Students Speak Up for Kids During 2018 Lobby Day

Nearly 100 students from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work spoke up for kids’ issues during the Social Work Advocacy Day on Feb. 7, 2018. Voices helped kick off…

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Progress Report: Substance Affected Infants

During the 2017 General Assembly, legislators heard for the first time about the impact of the opioid epidemic on families. The term substance-exposed infant, or substance-affected infant, was introduced to…

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