Tag: mental health
Harrisonburg has been spreading out $400,000 in grants from the federal American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds to improve mental health services in the city, and the funding comes precisely when many community organizations are in need of it.
The Harrisonburg City Council ultimately decided Tuesday to allot the remaining $11 million of federal American Rescue Plan Act funds on a spending plan that prioritized parks and recreation.
Following two suicides on campus in the last week – as well as shootings on the campus of Bridgewater College and Virginia Tech – JMU students are calling on university officials to better address the mental health needs of young adults desperate for better resources.
A community perspectives piece by Keita Franklin, LCSW, PhD Last week I received a call that no parent ever wants to get. My son shared that his college in Bridgewater, VA was reporting an active shooter and that the students were told to “shelter in place” – the message noted – “this is not a …
As Middle River Regional Jail and its inmates continue navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, some inmates and people formerly incarcerated in the jail are speaking out about what they call unsanitary conditions and inadequate health care.
Every morning, Jennie Amison gets buzzed through the gate at work and walks down the red-tiled staircase and past the payphone to get to her office. At 9 a.m., her group session begins, and she leads 11 men through cognitive behavioral therapy exercises to get at the root of their drug use.
Members of the Harrisonburg City Council expressed concerns about and, in some cases, outright opposition to a proposed expansion of the Middle River Regional Jail as the jail’s leader made his pitch Tuesday night. While the council didn’t take any vote on the issue, the discussion signaled that jail officials might have an uphill climb to convince Harrisonburg to kick as much as $1.2 million more a year for the city’s share of a nearly $40 million expansion.