WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities’ TBI

TBI symptoms often present similarly to Substance Abuse Disorders; People who have TBIs are more likely to turn to substances (alcohol or drugs) to cope with their injury. It can be difficult to decipher whether the symptoms (aggression, confusion, etc) are from TBI or substance use.

2.       When working with patients- “Don’t open and unload someone’s ‘baggage’ unless you have the time and energy to help them pack it back up. Let them show pieces of their baggage on their own terms”

3.       Crisis Call Center (775-784-8090) 24-hour crisis line providing a safe, non-judgmental source of support for individuals in any type of crisis; National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis

4.       When working with veterans- The VA only tests for TBI in post-9/11 veterans. Anyone before 9/11 has not been tested (Korean, Vietnam, etc.) unless they’ve sought out services; The VA has adapted a “polytrauma/TBI System of Care” which is an integrated network of specialized rehabilitation programs for veterans. This allows them to access most services needed under one roof. https://www.polytrauma.va.gov/system-of-care/index.asp https://www.polytrauma.va.gov/ConcussionCoach.asp

5.       Medicaid 1115 Waiver expands treatment options for people with Substance Abuse Disorder. What DHHR’s website doesn’t mention is that it can be used to help patient’s seek alternative treatments such as cannabis/CBD oils https://dhhr.wv.gov/News/2017/Pages/DHHR%E2%80%99s-Medicaid-Program-to-Expand-Substance-Use-Treatment-and-Services.aspx.

6.       WVU CED programs and services are expansive. Their website provides good insight on what they offer- http://www.cedwvu.org/ http://tbi.cedwvu.org

 

NAMI members, CEO Mary Giliberti discusses the many successes

In a video message to NAMI members, CEO Mary Giliberti discusses the many successes over the past year, including the increase in NAMI brand awareness, significant legislative wins, new support programs and services, and research.

Giliberti attributes the increase in brand awareness to the growing number of celebrity ambassadors who have supported the cause and several high-profile partnerships including companies like Lord & Taylor,  Boeing, Michelin, Showtime and IHeart Radio.

Giliberti also outlines the work NAMI has done to advocate for better mental health coverage through Medicaid, her involvement with the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee, and increased calls for more research in collaboration with universities, pharmaceutical companies and government agencies that guide these efforts.

“Our message on research is this — if we can have a moon shot to cure cancer, then why not a Mars Shot to find new answers for mental illness!” said Giliberti.  “We won’t stop until this vision becomes a reality,”

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National LGBT Cancer Network

This webinar will highlight ways to engage LGBTQ individuals in your work during the upcoming Pride season.

 

Webinar Presenters include:

  • Dr Scout, Deputy Director National LGBT Cancer Network will talk about how different tobacco and cancer programs have engaged in Prides.
  • Adrian Shanker, Founder & Executive Director, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Pennsylvania will discuss policy change and promoting cancer awareness at Pride events.
  • Alanna Biblow, Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control, Maryland Department of Health will talk about their experience using a snapchat frame to promote tobacco control at Pride.
  • Joyce Swetlick, Director of Tobacco Cessation, North Carolina Department of Health, will discuss their organization’s long-term engagement with North Carolina Pride.
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