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July 2014

July 1st mental Health Law Changes

I wanted to send out the latest information provided by DBHDS (Please see email below).


I have included a link to obtain the following forms:



Notice Of Alternative Facility Of Temporary Detention
[Form DC-4044]
Instructions Forthcoming

If you haven’t already seen it, the DBHDS website has some update information on it related to the ECO/TDO code changes as of this morning.

Nurse Practitioners would you like to expand your clinical knowledge of Mental Health?

To Nurse Practitioners working in the Health Safety Net: 


Would you like to expand your clinical knowledge of Mental Health


The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has established a special scholarship to underwrite the full costs of tuition and required fees for health safety net Nurse Practitioners (NP) who return to school to obtain a post master’s certificate as Psych-Mental Health NPs (PMHNPs).


This is a wonderful opportunity for nurse practitioners to gain valuable training in behavioral health and help address a huge unmet need in Virginia.

DBHDS Site on Recent Civil Commitment Law Changes

For your information, below is a link to the DBHDS website on the recent civil commitment law changes.  You will find on this site information on the 2014 legislation, materials and FAQs from the recent regional trainings, a link to the Supreme Court site on the new forms, updated regional protocols, and other helpful information.


Petition for rule making filed with the Board of Nursing

Hi. This came across the cyber-waves last night. The link to the announcement is below. Click on “More details on this petition” and then on “transmittal sheet” to see the petition. Essentially it’s requesting that the BON consider clinical hours obtained in a paramedic curriculum to count for clinical hours in a nursing education program. The petition will be filed in the Register of Regulations on July 28, at which time a public comment period of 30 days will begin (until Aug 27th).

Here is the link to the petition.

Integrating Medical Care into the CMHC setting

Kirk has generously shared his power point on his presentation he did at Spring Conference on Integrating Medical Care into the CMHC setting.

Close the Coverage Gap Clips 6.24.14

Close the Coverage Gap Clips
June 24, 2014

Virginia lawmakers finalize budget, averting a shutdown as GOP thwarts McAuliffe veto
The Virginia General Assembly completed work late Monday on a two-year, $96 billion state budget, averting a government shutdown and at least temporarily thwarting Gov. Terry McAuliffe's key priority of expanding health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
(Laura Vozzella and Jenna Portnoy, The Washington Post)
House again blocks McAuliffe on Medicaid

HAV Alert- Budget Update

To HAV Coalition:
The General Assembly reconvened yesterday to take action on Governor McAuliffe's line-item vetoes.  After going through both the House and the Senate, six vetoes were sustained while Speaker Howell ruled two vetoes out of order.  Critically for the fight to close the coverage gap, one of those he ruled out of order was the veto of the Stanley Amendment, which prohibits the appropriation of funds to expand Medicaid without General Assembly approval.
By removing the veto on procedural grounds, Howell avoided an override vote that would have required the support of two-thirds of both chambers and was highly unlikely in the Senate.