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January 2012

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Submitted By: Louise Pesnicak VACPN Treasurer
+$ 12521.60
Conf Fee x1
+ $85.00
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Retreat fee x 1
+ $150.00
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Retreat fee x 2
+ $300.00
$ 12971.60
Retreat fee x 1
+ $150.00
$ 13121.60
Trans from PayPal (retreat fee x3)
+ $500.00
$ 13621.60
Retreat fee x 1
+ $150.00
$ 13771.60
Retreat fee x 1
+ $ 150.00
$ 13921.60

Trainging & Education Feature!

You asked for it and now we have it!
In our Blog section there is now a New Category called Trainings & Education under this section you will find any power point presentations from past conferences that I have recieved to date and any News or important educational information I have received to date. 
I will update this section with any web links, power points, news articles or press releases I received.  I hope this helps keep you all better informed!
You can comment and debate them freely in the comment section below each post.

CNN Airs Living with Schizophrenia Story

Our documentary“Living with Schizophrenia: A Call for Hope and Recovery”continues to be an inspiration for many.  The film, which tells the stories of three real people living with schizophrenia, is still receiving great feedback from the mental health community.  As a result of our ongoing efforts to promote the film, this week millions of people across the country will meet Ashley Smith, one of the people featured in the documentary, as she shares her story on CNN.
The taped news segment aired today during the network’s American Morning program.

"Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care"

Hi everyone. Nancy Wallace FNP was thinking green and emailed me her powerpoint presentation on the "Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care" in advance of the conference, so I attached it for you all. Hope to see all of you real soon!

Follow-Up Resources for the SCLC and ATTUD Webinar, "Behavioral Health & Tobacco: The Final Frontier" on 9/29/11

Dear Colleagues:
Thank you forregistering and joining theSmoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC)and theAssociation for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD), Disparate Populations Committee in the webinar,“Behavioral Health & Tobacco: The Final Frontier,” on September 29, 2011.  We are thankful to all of our speakers for an excellent webinar!
Due to overwhelming demand, our conference lines reached capacity and we apologize to those of you who were not able to dial in.

CDC Releases Important Mental Health Action Plan

Dear Colleagues:
Today, CDC is releasing the attachedPublic Health Action Plan to Integrate Mental Health Promotion and Mental Illness Prevention with Chronic Disease, 2011-2015.  This document highlights the importance of mental health promotion and mental illness prevention in a public health context.  The document also can be accessed at the CDC mental health web page athttp://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/.
These developments are very important for our field, and they reflect the very first efforts to integrate positive mental health into public health interventions.

Video of a schizophrenic

Check out this video link of a schizophrenic man who talks about his illness.  It was on the New York Times web page a day or two ago.


Board of Pharmacy approved VACSB Medication Repackaging Training curriculum

On behalf of the VACSB I am pleased to be able to distribute an approved training outline to allow CSB staff at a CSB location to repackage medication that been dispensed for a specific client.
This VACSB Medication Repackaging Training Program has been approved by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy. The bullets below are important and address the required certification  for staff to be able to  repackage medications and meet the requirements of the relevant regulations.

Medicare D Exceptions Tool

Hope you are well. Attached is the Medicare Part D Exceptions tool.
This is the tool
that Tony Diperno, Reimbursement Specialist with Xcenda demonstrated
last week at the
VACPN Spring Retreat dinner last week.
As a reminder once you hyper link into a particular Medicare Part D
Plan the tool
provides access coverage and details of the exceptions/prior
authorization process.
Please distribute this reimbursement tool to your colleagues via the
VACPN site if you

Parity tool kit review

Good afternoon,
It was my pleasure to speak at  your meeting last Thursday afternoon.
As many requested information about Parity in mental health and implications with healthcare reform, here is a link below that has some great information.
Please let me know if you need additional information.
I look forward to seeing you all again in the future.
Best Regards,
Ann Powell
Ann Powell
Director, Healthcare Policy and Advocacy
Midatlantic Region-VA, WV, and Washington DC
Johnson & Johnson North America Pharmaceuticals

The latest updates from National Institute of Mental Health.

The latest updates from National Institute of Mental Health. 
NIMH_Update_3-15-111.pdf (PDF — 201 KB)