Archive for September, 2011
Mental health issues were the topic of conversation Monday evening at the sixth annual Legislative Forum on mental health.
On hand to speak to the audience were Del. Dickie Bell, Del. Ben Cline, Del Steve Landes, Sen. Emmett Hanger, Debbie Garrett representing Rep. Bob Goodlatte and House of Representative’s candidate Laura Kleiner.
Read More: Legislators Discuss All Mental Health – The News Virginian
FISHERSVILLE — A local advocate for people with intellectual disabilities says ideas put forth so far by state officials to improve community based services to people with intellectual disabilities fall far short of addressing problems highlighted by a federal letter of complaint.
Addressing state legislators at a forum on mental health and disabilities Monday, Glenn Slack, vice president of The Arc of Augusta, criticized ideas proposed by the state’s mental health and Medicaid departments.
State officials are working on a plan to avoid a lawsuit threatened by the U.S. Department of Justice in February over civil rights violations at Virginia’s institutions. The findings letter stated Virginia wasn’t doing enough to move people with disabilities out of institutions and criticized the state’s list of 6,000 people on waiting lists for Medicaid-funded, community-based services — called “Medicaid waivers.”
Read More: State Efforts for Disabled Draw Criticism – The News Leader
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The AARP Gypsy Hill Chapter 3972 met Aug. 9 at Rowe’s Family Restaurant. President Jean Sullenberger welcomed everyone. Bobbie Meyerhoeffer gave the invocation followed by singing “America, the Beautiful” and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
After lunch, Richard P. “Dickie” Bell was the guest speaker.
Read More: AARP Chapter Has Monthly Meeting – The News Leader
The money just keeps on flowing to area legislators’ war chests, but the flood may have crested and even started to ebb, their latest campaign finance reports to the State Board of Elections show.
Though some are unopposed, and the rest face challengers with limited funds, legislators representing the southern Shenandoah Valley still take in tens of thousands of dollars for races that hardly ever break into a sprint.
Read More: Fundraising on Track for Lawmakers from Staunton, Valley – The News Leader