Richmond City Crisis Response – Mental Health and Police Collaboration

Today we bring back representatives from Richmond Police and Richmond Behavioral Health Authority to talk about community response to mental health crisis and community protests. We end our show with Peer 2 Ear by Sammy Styles and Community Recovery Calendar.

FAll INTO WELLNESS

Richmond Recovers will be onsite at this year’s Fall Into Wellness Community Event. You are invited to record short spots about recovery, sharing your story and resources.

This fall the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority and the Richmond Behavioral Health Foundation bring their bi-annual, Fall Into Wellness to the community. A family – friendly festival promoting health and wellness for all!  Nonprofits focused on helping the community develop healthy lives will be there.

Activities include – a 5K walk to raise funds to support RBHA programs, a live music stage featuring: Big Mama Shakes, Hotel X, The Shangri-Lords, and Family and Friends- gospel quartet and fun activities for the family.

Come out on October 22, 2017 from 11 – 4. The festival is being held at Newmarket Field on 2nd and East Byrd street (across from the VA War Memorial).

For more information go to www.rbha.org/support-rbhf/fall-wellness

Richmond Recovers: Crisis Intervention Team

20170519_101502On today’s show, the Richmond and Chesterfield combined crisis intervention team returns with peer in recovery, Sammy Styles to talk about their work to train police in mental health informed response and the progress of the crisis triage centers.

Recovery Month: Recovery By Design and the Peer to Peer Movement

Today’s show focuses on Recovery Month. Guests include Storefront for Community Design and the Middle of Broad studios and their project with the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority; a peer talking about recovery from Bipolar Disorder; Amanda Long from NAMI and peer recovery specialists talking about the peer to peer recovery movement.

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Links:

Store Front for Community Design 

Richmond Behavioral Health Authority

NAMI

McShin Foundation

Substance Abuse Legislation in Virginia: an interview with John O’Bannon and John Shinholser

On today’s show, John O’Bannon, Delegate from Henrico County and John Shinholser from the McShin Foundation talk about upcoming bills for substance abuse services and Naloxone in the Virginia general assembly.

You can listen to the episode here

Resources:

WRIR blog

McShin Foundation

Richmond Behavioral Health Authority

Henrico Mental Health and Developmental Services.

Recovery By Design

IMG_4652Today’s show highlights a unique collaboration between The Richmond Behavioral Health Authority and mOb+storefront for community design.

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This collaboration brings art, design and recovery together.  Jennifer Yane of Jennifer Unlimited has been working with the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority since 2006 to teach and create art with program participants in the Marshall Center. This year, they joined with mOb+Store Front for Community Design to bring design into the series and elevate it to arts activism. The soundscapes you will hear throughout the interview were created by participants in mOb.


Conversations on Legislation, Funding, and Best Practices

Today’s show focuses on the impact of addiction, best practices in treatment, the power of advocacy and legislative advances. Our guests today are considered experts in both the development of and the provision of services; and through their combined advocacy efforts, have effected great changes in the perception of addiction.

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Guests

John Lindstrom is the Chief Executive Officer of the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA). RBHA is the primary behavioral health services agency serving the residents of the City of Richmond and providing a variety of services for those in crisis or in recovery from mental health, substance abuse and intellectual disabilities. RBHA has recently opened a medical care unit to provide medical service through an on-site primary care clinic. RBHA provides health, wellness and recovery for the whole person through the integration of behavioral health and primary health services. John has over 20 years working in the mental health recovery field and has implemented many new and innovative programs at RBHA.

James May is the Director of Planning, Development, Research, Evaluation and Director of Substance Abuse Services at the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority. Jim has over 25 years working in the field of addictive disorders and mental health. He has developed many innovative programs for substance services, has brought new funding streams to RBHA to expand services to bring more specialized and holistic recovery programs to consumers. 

Carol McDaid is a co-founder and Principal of Capitol Decisions Inc. A special focus of Capitol Decisions is national alcohol and drug treatment policy. For over 15 years, Ms. McDaid has worked with leading non-profit drug and alcohol treatment centers, addiction physicians, and other prevention and consumer organizations to refine public policy addressing alcohol and other drug addictions. Ms. McDaid led the Parity NOW Coalition behind passage of the 2008 “Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.” This landmark legislation requires insurers to treat addiction, mental, and physical health problems equally. The Parity NOW Coalition became the model for successfully advocating for inclusion of addiction and mental health benefits in health-care reform legislation. Because Ms. McDaid personally overcame addiction, she understands the challenges, political and personal, of dealing with alcohol and drug issues.