About Mike Wade

Mike Wade serves as Community Relations Specialist for NRVCS. He has been employed by the agency since April 2000.

NRVCS offering “Recovery Dojo” for individuals with substance use disorders

In an effort to evolve and better meet the needs of local adults with substance use disorders (SUDs), NRVCS recently added a day treatment program to its continuum of care.

“Recovery Dojo” is a new skills-based substance use day treatment program that is designed to serve individuals who may not need the controlled environment of a […]

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NRVCS to offer Strengthening Families Program in Montgomery, Floyd counties

NRVCS has announced it will offer two new cycles of the popular “Strengthening Families Program” in both Floyd and Montgomery counties this spring.

The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly improve parenting skills and family relationships, reduce problem behaviors, delinquency and alcohol and drug abuse in children, […]

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NRVCS staff participate in dialogue on race

By Mike Wade
NRVCS Community Relations Specialist
mwade@nrvcs.org

More than 60 members of the staff at NRVCS came together earlier this week to discuss the issue of race and how it impacts both their everyday lives and their jobs.

The discussion, organized by the agency’s Cultural Competence Committee, was held at NRVCS’ main offices in Blacksburg. Although NRVCS […]

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NRVCS announces holiday closings

All NRVCS offices and clinics will be closed on Friday, December 23 and again on Monday, December 26 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

All clinics and offices will also be closed on Monday, January 2, 2017 for New Year’s Day.

Please note that this schedule change does not affect our 24-hour/residential programs. And, as always, emergency […]

By |December 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off on NRVCS announces holiday closings

Co-workers share a bond of survivorship

By Mike Wade
mwade@nrvcs.org

Approximately 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, as roughly a quarter of a million new cases are diagnosed each year.

Given those statistics, it’s highly unusual these days to find someone who hasn’t been impacted by breast cancer in some way […]

By |October 24th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off on Co-workers share a bond of survivorship

Families of individuals with developmental disabilities invited to open house

Beginning July 1, 2016, NRVCS will become the single point of entry for the provision of developmental disability (DD) case management services in the New River Valley. This includes the counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski, or the City of Radford.

According to NRVCS officials, children and adults who currently receive DD case management […]

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Wear green on Friday, May 13 for mental health awareness

NRVCS (New River Valley Community Services) is encouraging local residents to wear green on Friday, May 13 in support of mental health awareness. This activity coincides with the national observance of Mental Health Month.

According to spokesperson Mike Wade, employees at NRVCS are also being encouraged to wear green on May 13. The agency conducted […]

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Waiver changes designed to benefit individuals with developmental disabilities

State officials say proposed changes to Virginia’s system of care for children and adults with developmental disabilities will ultimately improve access to enhanced levels of home- and community-based support.

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) recently unveiled its plan to amend the Medicaid waiver program that funds services for individuals with developmental disabilities. […]

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Peer supports play key role in meeting community’s behavioral health needs

Community-based behavioral health services must constantly evolve in order to effectively meet the needs of individuals and families who are living with either mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Recently, there has been a significant movement across the country to utilize “peers” in delivery of those services. “Peer supports” use trained and certified consumers to help provide […]

By |April 8th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off on Peer supports play key role in meeting community’s behavioral health needs

Mathews tapped to manage NRVCS’ substance abuse services

One of NRVCS’ greatest strengths over the years has been the agency’s ability to adapt to the evolving needs of the communities it serves.

Because rates of substance abuse in southwest Virginia have continued to escalate at an alarming pace, one could argue that Glenn Mathews’ new position with NRVCS was created out of necessity. […]

By |March 29th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off on Mathews tapped to manage NRVCS’ substance abuse services