- Mental Health America Virginia (MHAV)
- NAMI Virginia
- Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy (VOPA)
- Virginia Association for Community Services Boards (VACSB)
- Virginia Organization of Consumers Asserting Leadership (VOCAL)
- Virginia Psychosocial Rehabilitation Association (VAPRA)
- VOCAL Network
- See also MH Reform
The Mental Health America Virginia, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, advocacy organization which is affiliated with the National Mental Health Association. Their mission is to promote mental health, develop services to prevent mental illness and assure the proper care and treatment of mentally ill children and adults.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Virginia maintains a helpline for information on mental illnesses and referrals to local groups. The local self-help groups have support and advocacy components and offer education and information about community services for families and individuals.
The Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy (VOPA) helps with disability-related problems like abuse, neglect, and discrimination. They also help people with disabilities obtain services and treatment. Individuals with problems, targeted in VOPA’s program goals, may also receive advocacy services and/or legal representation. VOPA’s mission is: “Through zealous and effective advocacy and legal representation to: protect and advance legal, human, and civil rights of persons with disabilities; combat and prevent abuse, neglect, and discrimination; and promote independence, choice, and self-determination by persons with disabilities.”
VACSB provides professional development, leadership training, and education for board members, staff, consumers, advocates, and the general public. They also develop public information focused on increasing community awareness of community-based mental health, mental retardation, substance abuse and prevention services. The VACSB provides administrative support including research and technical assistance to assist CSBs in operations and provision of services. They provide public policy and advocacy through liaison activities with advocacy and consumer groups, state and federal agencies, local governments, state legislature, and executive branches.
VOCAL’s mission is to develop a diverse statewide coalition of consumers and consumer-run programs united to provide a voice for individual empowerment, and to foster a consumer-driven mental health system.
The purpose of United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA, formerly IAPSRS) is to help advance the role, scope, and quality of services designed to facilitate the community readjustment of people with psychiatric disabilities. VAPRA is the Virginia chapter.
Justin Sheets, VAPRA President
c/o The Broad Street Center
4118 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: 804-819-1095 Fax: 804-819-1044
National Web site: www.uspra.org
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