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ANNC approved online course

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 11:36 AM Comments comments (495)
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Nurse Practitioners would you like to expand your clinical knowledge of Mental Health?

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 11:47 AM Comments comments (208)

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. There are only 106 licensed PMHNPs currently practicing in Virginia. The demand for more is high as there is a growing realization about the important link between physical and mental health.


Once accepted into a certified Psych-Mental Health post-masters certificate program, a Nurse Practitioner who works in or volunteers in Virginia’s health care safety net may apply to VHCF for a scholarship that will pay full tuition and all required fees (worth $13,000 - $22,000).  



Click here  to learn about the Shenandoah University School of Nursing PMH program: 21 credits; online with two 3-day weekends on-site.


Click hereto learn about the University of Virginia School of Nursing PMH program: 18-31 credits; on-site 1-2 days/week with live broadcast for 10 distance learning students.


Click here  to learn about the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing PMH program: 20-29 credits; onsite. 


A FAQ sheet is attached.    


For further questions, please email [email protected]  or call 804-828-5804 or 434-361-0331.

Integrating Medical Care into the CMHC setting

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 11:34 AM Comments comments (376)
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

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 12:33 PM Comments comments (130)
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 2013 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program application cycle is now open! The application cycle will remain open through May 14, 2013.  The Application and Program Guidance can be found on the NHSC Website and contains all of the program requirements and details.
Highlights of 2013 NHSC Scholarship Program:
  • The NHSC Scholarship Program removes the burden of overwhelming educational debt, allowing health professions students to pursue their passion for primary care and serving the underserved.
  • For each year of financial support (up to four years) a Scholarship recipient serves one year (minimum two years) in an NHSC-approved site in high-need urban, rural, and frontier communities across the nation.
  • Scholarship support includes tax-free payment of tuition, required fees, other reasonable educational costs, and a monthly living stipend (taxable).
  • All students applying to the program must be a U.S. citizen or national and enrolled or accepted in an eligible degree program at a U.S. accredited school in Medicine: MD or DO; Dentistry:  DMD or DDS; Nurse Practitioner (Adult, Family, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Psychiatric, or Women’s health); Certified Nurse-Midwife; and Physician Assistant.
As in previous years, the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program will be competitive. If there are more qualified applicants than available funding, the NHSC will continue to prioritize applicants who are from a disadvantaged background and applicants who demonstrate a commitment to continuing to serve communities of need after their service to the NHSC is complete.
Help Us Spread the Word!
Share this information with your colleagues by directing them the NHSC Website , sharing NHSC Facebook and Twitter posts with your social media network, and speaking with prospective students about the benefits of the Scholarship program. If you have any questions about the program you may call the Customer Care Center at 1-800-221-9393 or e-mail [email protected].
Thank you,
The National Health Service Corps

Overview on Re-Packaging

Posted on February 14, 2012 at 6:04 PM Comments comments (202)

CNN Airs Living with Schizophrenia Story

Posted on January 29, 2012 at 6:32 PM Comments comments (630)
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.  It will repeat several times throughout the week on CNN and on its sister network HLN (Headline News).  It is also available online as part of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's Human Factor (click here to watch), which profiles survivors who have overcome an injury, illness or other hardship by tapping their inner strength and finding resilience they didn't know they possessed. 
To accompany the video feature, Ashley has written a blog entry featured on the website.  In the blog, she discusses her journey of recovery and what she hopes people will take away from her story.  She mentions her participation in the documentary and cites the Choices in Recovery website as a great resource for patients, family members and friends.  We will also post the link on Janssen Today.  In addition to the segment with Ashley, features schizophrenia in the InHealth section on the home page, with articles on sticking to your schizophrenia medications, the use of long-acting injectable medications and others.
Ashley’s CNN story is an outcome of a program held at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) health conference earlier this year, where she appeared as part of a panel to discuss mental health in the African American community.
Sharing this information with the millions of people who watch CNN and visit the website each day will help others recognize that people with schizophrenia can have a meaningful life.  This film and her story are excellent examples of our vision and commitment to support hope and recovery for the millions of people with serious mental health conditions.
Deidra Jane Massie
Area Business Specialist Janssen
[email protected]

"Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care"

Posted on January 29, 2012 at 6:28 PM Comments comments (224)
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

Posted on January 29, 2012 at 6:26 PM Comments comments (194)
Dear Colleagues:
Thank you forregistering and joining the Smoking 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.  We have provided a link to the recording (see below) for anyone who couldn’t join the live session. We hope to see you on future webinars as we work out the technical issues.
If you would like to contact any of the speakers, please find their information below:
Alice Dalla Palu, MPH
Chair of the Disparate Populations Committee
Executive Director
Tobacco Free Northeast [email protected] Prevention Network
Chad Morris, PhD
Associate Professor
Director, Behavioral Health & Wellness Program
            University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus
            Department of Psychiatry
Cathy McDonald, MD, MPH
Project Director
Alameda County Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Provider Network
Pediatrician and medical consultant
Thunder Road Adolescent Drug Treatment Program
Jill Williams, MD
Associate Professor Psychiatry
Director, Division of Addiction Psychiatry
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Megan Piper, PhD
Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention
University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health
Webinar Recording & Presentation
The webinar recording is now available at: Check out past webinar recordings on our website at: PowerPoint presentation is alsoattached for your reference.
Additional Resources
  1. ATTUD Selected Resources for Integrating Tobacco Treatment and Policy with Mental Illness, Chemical Dependence, and Co-Occurring Disorders:
  2. ATTUD Disparate Populations Committee Position Paper(attached)
  3. Funding opportunities:
Certificate of Attendance
Want a Certificate of Attendance but don’t need CME/CEUs?  If you would like a free Certificate of Attendance, please email Jennifer Matekuare at[email protected] with your full name, credentials, and organization.  Those who missed the “live” webinar are eligible to receive a free Certificate of Attendance after listening to the webinar recordingand completing the survey (see links below):
Post Webinar Survey –
Please send us your feedback by completing this short survey:  
Communications & Technical Assistance
If you are not already on our communications list, sign-up for the SCLC e-newsletter and listserv at All are welcome to call SCLC for free technical assistance consultation at toll-free (877) 509-3786 or email Reason Reyes at[email protected].
Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
Kind regards,
Jennifer Matekuare
Project Coordinator
Smoking Cessation Leadership Center
University of California, at San Francisco
3333 California Street, Suite 430
San Francisco, CA 94143
415.502.8880 Office
415.502.5739 FAX
Refer a smoker to 1-800 QUIT NOW

CDC Releases Important Mental Health Action Plan

Posted on January 29, 2012 at 6:24 PM Comments comments (123)
Dear Colleagues:
Today, CDC is releasing the attached Public 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 at .
These developments are very important for our field, and they reflect the very first efforts to integrate positive mental health into public health interventions.
Ron Manderscheid, PhD
Executive Director,
Natl Assn of Co Beh Hlth & Dev Dis Dirs/
25 Massachusetts Ave, NW,  Ste 500 
Washington, DC 20001
The Voice of Local Authorities in the Nation's Capital!
202-942-4296 (O); 202-553-1827 (M); [email protected]
ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership/
Cultivating Leaders/Fostering Innovation!

Video of a schizophrenic

Posted on January 29, 2012 at 6:22 PM Comments comments (553)
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.’sheadlines&emc=thab1