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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.

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.

Highlights of 2013 NHSC Scholarship Program

Thank you for signing up to be notified about the 2013 the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program application cycle. We are happy to report that effective March 21, 2013 (today), the 2013National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Programapplication cycle is now open!The application cycle will remain open through May 14, 2013.  TheApplication and Program Guidancecan be found on theNHSC Websiteand contains all of the program requirements and details.
Highlights of 2013 NHSC Scholarship Program:

Overview on Re-Packaging

CNN Airs Living with Schizophrenia Story

Colleagues,
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.

http://video-nytimes.com/video/2011/08/06/science/100000000978793/living-with-voices.html?nl=today’sheadlines&emc=thab1

Board of Pharmacy approved VACSB Medication Repackaging Training curriculum

TO: ALL EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
FROM: MIKE OCONNOR
RE: VACSB MEDICATION REPACKAGING TRAINING PROGRAM
 
 
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)