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Katie Francis, LCSW at ChildSavers in Richmond, Virginia

Tele-mental health in Virginia: Addressing children’s mental health needs during COVID-19

Necessity is often the mother of invention. Since the onset of COVID-19, mental health providers across Virginia have been forced to rethink how they deliver treatment to those children and…

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act In Your Community

The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27th to create a $2 trillion economic stimulus efforts for business, health care, communities, and families. Implementing the CARES Act will…

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Historic Investment for Children’s Mental Health: 2020 Legislative Session

On Thursday, March 12th, the Virginia General Assembly wrapped up its historic 2020 session by passing a two-year budget that makes historic investments in mental health services for children and…

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Progress for Mental Health in the Senate and House Budget Recommendations

This past Sunday, February 16th, the Senate and House “money committees” released their budgets. While there are differences in the House and Senate budget proposals, the great news is that…

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Improvements to school lock-down drills in Virginia (Updated 2.20.20)

School lock-down drills, also known as “Active Shooter Drills” have become nearly ubiquitous in public schools across the nation. While the intent of  lock-down drills is to prepare teachers and…

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2020 Mental Health Advocacy Day- THANK YOU!

Voices for Virginia’s Children once again teamed up with our partners, Mental Health America-Virginia, VOCAL, NAMI-Virginia and SAARA, to jointly host our annual mental health advocacy day. This is the 7thyear…

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Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: Addressing Preschool Suspension and Expulsion in Virginia It is well documented that the first years of life are critical for building the foundation of social-emotional development…

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2020 Advocacy Days Toolkit- Prepare to Advocate!

We are gearing up for the 2020 General Assembly Session and want YOU to be prepared to make your voice heard! Here is your “Advocacy Toolkit” so you can be…

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Budget Hearings & Town Halls Near You

Local Town Hall Meetings 12/12/19:First Pre-Session Town Hall – Delegate VanValkenburg and Delegate Willett 12/12/19: Town Hall Meeting– Delegate McQuinn 12/14/19: Legislative Town Hall–  Senator Boysko and Delegate Delaney 12/14/19:…

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How to Connect with Your Legislator

Elected officials work to turn ideas into laws; they spend a great deal of their time identifying problems faced by their constituents to create solutions. Remember, legislators are everyday people…

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