Navigation Links
Virginia Tech Report Has National Importance
Date:8/30/2007

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ronald Honberg, director of policy and legal affairs for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) issued the following statement on today's Virginia Tech Panel Report:

"The report is important for the entire nation. It exposes problems that exist not just in Virginia but throughout the country.

Last year, Virginia's mental healthcare system received a 'D' grade in a national survey. The national average also was 'D.' With this report, Virginia now has a chance to rise to the challenge and provide national leadership that would honor those students and professors who died at Virginia Tech.

The report's findings echo what too many reports have said before. As in many states: "Virginia's mental health services are flawed and services for mental healthcare are inadequate. Lack of sufficient resources results in gaps in the mental healthcare system including short-term crisis stabilization and comprehensive outpatient services."

NAMI applauds the report's recognition of privacy concerns and clear statement that "In reality, federal laws and their state counterparts afford ample leeway to share information in potentially dangerous situations."

NAMI supports efforts to clarify interpretations of the law and to promote necessary information-sharing that not only protects public safety, but also offers help to persons struggling with mental illnesses.

It is important to keep in mind that as noted by the U.S. Surgeon General, the overall contribution of mental disorders to the total level of violence in society is exceptionally small. When violence occurs, it is an indication that something has gone terribly wrong, often within the mental health care system or other agencies.

Forty years ago, Senator Robert Kennedy observed after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that there is a violence that is slower but just as deadly and destructive as gunshots or bombs. It is the violence of institutions, indifference, inaction, and slow decay. It is the kind of violence that too long has marked the mental healthcare system in Virginia and elsewhere.

Today's report is a foundation for action. The issue now is whether leaders will act, or whether more tragedies and institutional violence will occur and simply more reports will be written. It is a challenge that extends beyond Virginia to every state."

http://www.governor.virginia.gov/TempContent/techPanelReport.cfm


'/>"/>
SOURCE National Alliance on Mental Illness
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Once a Lawn Mower, a Self-made Billionaire Makes a Lasting Gift to Virginia Tech
2. West Virginia Organizes a Program to Fight Obesity
3. Indians Add to Rich Diversity of Virginia Tech
4. Virginia Tech. Shooter -Human Rights or Innocent Lives
5. Virginia Tech Shooters Mental Health Records No More Secret
6. Fire Ants are Emerging Nuisance for Virginians
7. Australian Devises Online Game Based on Virginia Tech Shootout
8. Pain Doctor in Virginia Sentenced to Five Years Imprisonment
9. Five Killed by Methane Gas on Virginia Farm
10. No harm in reducing prenatal check up to 3 - 6 times says WHO report
11. Researchers at Cornell University as been reported using research fund by false claims
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh, ... and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The Book of Revelation paints ... for centuries. Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, but Yisrayl Hawkins says ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... First Healthcare Compliance (FHC), an ... showcase a range of technology and learning solutions at the 68th Annual American ... to be held October 14–18, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... Award of Excellence to Carol Friedman, PhD, FACMI, during the Opening Session of AMIA’s ... 4 – 8. , In honor of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... Leading pediatric ... peers in Washington, D.C., for the 49th Congress of the International Society of ... Vice President of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... wound care advancements to physician colleagues, skilled nursing facility medical directors and other ... Treacherous Waters of Wound Care." , "At many of these conferences we get ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2017)... 2017   Divoti USA will engrave and ... standard of the latest FDA requirements, which stipulates new criteria regarding ... in need of Medical ID jewelry such as Medical ID Bracelets, ... engraved in terms of the new FDA requirements . ... Divoti offers this dark mark fiber ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... FRISCO, Texas , Oct. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... healthcare services, has amplified its effort during National ... patients about hereditary cancer risks. ... Journal of Clinical Oncology calculated that more than ... to have inherited mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 and ...
(Date:10/7/2017)... --  Provista, a proven leader in the supply ... power, today announced a new resource area on Provistaco.com ... is the online home for case studies, articles on ... releases, slideshows and events. ... at their fingertips, viewers can also watch short videos ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: