May is Mental Health Month
Obama has called upon citizens, government agencies, organizations,
health care providers, and research institutions to raise mental health
awareness and continue helping Americans live longer, healthier lives.
For many of the tens of millions of Americans who are living with a
mental health issue, getting help starts with a conversation; talking
about it with someone they trust and consulting with a health care
and discrimination often create a barrier to people seeking help. The
President highlights that we as a nation need to make sure people know
that "asking for help is not a sign of weakness—it is a sign of
strength." Click here to read the full Presidential Proclamation.
Responding to tragedy: Tips and resources
Most of us experience
a range of emotions in the aftermath of a major tragedy - whether we are
directly impacted or not. Children can have an especially difficult time
coming to terms with these events. More
NRVCS announces reorganization
Officials with New
River Valley Community Services (NRVCS) announced on Friday that the
agency is implementing several changes to better serve the behavioral
health needs of the community, while also streamlining its operations.
McPherson named to NRVCS Board of Directors
The Montgomery County
Board of Supervisors has appointed Marya
McPherson to the NRVCS Board of Directors. She fills the vacated term of former
NRVCS Board member Neal Turner, who resigned in December 2012 due to
conflicts with other obligations. McPherson joins Bill Greenberg, Kathy
Hubbard and Mary Biggs as representatives of Montgomery County on the
Mental Health First Aid trainings announced
New River Valley
Community Services (NRVCS) is offering Mental Health First Aid training
to interested members of the community. Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public
education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond
to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
two-day training will be made available on the dates listed below:
- July 22 & 23, 2013
- September 5 & 6, 2013
- November 4 & 5, 2013
- January 23 & 24, 2014
- March 6 & 7, 2014
training days are from 9 a.m. – 5
p.m. The training is free, but participants should plan to get lunch on
their own. Click here to sign up or to learn more.
NRVCS Board approves new inclement weather policy
The New River Valley
Community Services (NRVCS) Board of Directors approved a new inclement
weather policy at their regular monthly meeting on February 28.
Historically, NRVCS had followed Radford University’s schedule during
inclement weather. With the new policy, decisions to alter schedules of
NRVCS facilities and programs will be made internally. Once such a
decision is made, the announcement will be posted on the home page of www.nrvcs.org and also shared with local media
SAMHSA: Prescription drug misuse remains a top public health concern in
misuse is second only to marijuana as the nation's most prevalent illicit
drug problem, with approximately 22 million persons nationwide initiating
nonmedical pain reliever use since 2002, according to a report by the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). More
Rush visits NRVCS
House of Delegates member Larry N. "Nick" Rush
(right), who represents Virginia's 7th Legislative District, is greeted by
Eric, a member of the Pointe West Club, during Delegate Rush's visit to
New River Valley Community Services (NRVCS) on Tuesday, December 11.
Delegate Rush spoke with both staff and consumers while touring some of
the agency's program sites for adults with intellectual disabilities.
(Photo - M. Wade/NRVCS)
Susan Baker named Executive Director at NRVCS
Susan K. Baker,
Ph.D., has been named Executive Director at New River Valley Community
Services. She will begin her new position on January 1, 2013. More
NRVCS staff addressing behavioral health
needs at local juvenile detention center
Since 2006, young people housed at the New River Valley
Juvenile Detention Home (NRVJDH) in Christiansburg have had access to
on-site behavioral health services. The services, which include treatment
for both mental health issues and substance use disorders, are the result
of a collaborative partnership between NRVJDH and New River Valley
Community Services (NRVCS). More
Adults with behavioral health conditions are more likely
to smoke; Account for nearly 40% of cigarettes smoked
Adults aged 18 or
older who experienced any mental illness or who have had a substance use
disorder in the past year are more likely to smoke and to smoke more
heavily than others according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). More
20 percent of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in
the past year, report says
One in five American
adults aged 18 or older, or 45.6 million people, experienced some form of
mental illness in the past year, according to a report from the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). More
Report outlines NRVCS' impact on local community
A new report is
offering statistical analysis of New River Valley Community Services'
(NRVCS) impact on the communities served by the agency.
According to the January 2012 report, NRVCS generates more than $60
in additional funding for every $1 of direct local funding the agency
receives. The report also notes that NRVCS served more than 6,400
individuals in Fiscal Year 2011 and provided nearly 600 jobs.
NRVCS is the public provider of behavioral health services for the
counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski, as well as the City of
here to download the full report (PDF file).
NRVCS ranks among area's largest employers
New River Valley
Community Services (NRVCS) currently ranks among the largest employers in
the New River Valley according to a report recently published by the New
River Valley Planning District Commission (PDC). Of the area's 50 largest
employers, NRVCS is No. 14 on the list, with a workforce of more than 625
employees (full- and part-time).
the New River Valley's public provider of behavioral health services, is
the largest non-profit human services agency to appear on the list.
Rankings are based on data collected by the Virginia Employment Commission
in the second quarter of 2011. The list includes businesses and
industries with operations in the counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery,
and Pulaski, as well as the City of Radford.
Founded in 1969, NRVCS is part of
a state-wide system of Community Services Boards and provides a variety
of programs in the areas of mental health, intellectual disabilities,
substance use disorders, and related prevention services. The agency
serves children, adults and families and operates facilities in each of the
New River Valley’s five jurisdictions.
Support groups open to local veterans, families
New River Valley Community Services (NRVCS) is currently offering a pair
or support groups for local veterans and their families through the
Virginia Wounded Warrior Program.
Veterans Outreach Group: Veterans of any era are invited to
participate in the Veterans Outreach Group, which meets the first and
third Tuesday of every month from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 776 (102
Watts Street, Radford). The purpose of the group is to connect veterans
with their peers and provide education on issues relevant to their
military service. There is no cost to participate. For more information,
contact Leanna Craig at 540-357-1113 or visit www.wearevirginiaveterans.org.
Veterans Support Group: The Families of Virginia Veterans group - a support group
for families of local veterans - holds its meetings on the second and
fourth Tuesday of each month, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the NRVCS
Montgomery Center (700 University City Boulevard, Blacksburg). There is
no cost to participate. For more information, contact Leanna Craig at
540-357-1113 or visit www.wearevirginiaveterans.org.
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Phone (business calls): 540-961-8300
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NRVCS is proud to be the provider
of public transit services for the
City of Radford and Radford University
New River Valley Community Services
is pleased to be recognized as an approved
site for the National Health Service Corp
River Valley Community Services
is proud to be recognized as a green business
by go green NRV