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Blog Category: Children’s Mental Health

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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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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Building a Stronger Mental Health System for Virginia’s Kids: 2018 Budget Amendments

The 2018 General Assembly session is well underway, and Voices is once again at the forefront, advocating for a stronger children’s mental health system in Virginia. Our mental health priorities…

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Progress Report: Trauma-informed Policies and Practice

The 2018 General Assembly will consider several items related to improving trauma-informed policies and practices. These proposals come after a year where Voices has studied state-level approaches to trauma-informed policy,…

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Speak Up for Kids: 2018 Children’s Mental Health Advocacy Day

As the commonwealth continues to transform our behavioral health system, Voices for Virginia’s Children and its mental health partners are pleased to once again host our annual Children’s Mental Health…

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Promote Resilience and Prevent Childhood Trauma

Recommendations to the 2018 General Assembly Written by Mary Beth Testa, Voices’ Northern Virginia consultant Research shows that chronic, severe stressors in childhood can cause toxic, traumatic biological responses to…

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Fairfax County Is Building Strong Brains By Addressing Childhood Trauma

Written by Mary Beth Testa, Voices’ Northern Virginia consultant On Nov. 21, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to designate Fairfax County as a trauma-informed community (TIC)….

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Join us in Richmond for a Screening of “Resilience” 12/4!

Our partners at Greater Richmond SCAN will host a screening of the documentary “Resilience” from 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4,  at the Byrd Theatre in Richmond. This short documentary covers…

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Troubling Times Call for Advocates to Step Up: Focus on Childhood Trauma

For us as children’s advocates it’s been a rough year. We’ve encountered challenges to children’s policy at the federal level, such as threats to children’s health insurance coverage. Our heads…

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