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Olmstead Community Forum

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, Outreach, and Public Awareness

From the State Olmstead Office:

The West Virginia Olmstead Office will be holding a series of community forums around the state to:

1) Share information about the Olmstead decision and West Virginia’s Olmstead Plan, and;

2) solicit stakeholder input and feedback for updating the goals, objectives and action steps of West Virginia’s Olmstead Plan.

The forums have been scheduled and they are:

September 25, 2:00 and 5:00 – Huntington – Mountain State Center for Independent Living Office

October 1, 2:00 and 5:00 – Beckley – Mountain State Center for Independent Living Office

October 16, 2:00 and 6:00 – Parkersburg – Judge Black Annex

October 24, 2:00 and 6:00 – Fairmont – Colasessano’s Restaurant

Further information can be found on the appropriate community announcement flyer.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.


Vanessa K. VanGilder, Olmstead Coordinator
Olmstead Office, Office of the Inspector General
State Capitol Complex
Building 6, Room 817-B
Charleston, WV 25305

Phone: 304 558-3287
Toll Free: 866 761-4628
Fax: 304 558-1992

Campus Mental Health: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, and Public Awareness

From the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law:

Campus Mental Health: Frequently Asked Questions

Many students attending colleges and universities experience anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.

According to the 2016 National College Health Assessment, almost 40% of college students reported that they felt “so depressed it was difficult to function” at some point in the prior 12 months, 19% felt overwhelming anxiety, and 10% had seriously considered suicide.

If you are a college or graduate student experiencing one of these challenges or another mental health issue, you may be worried about its effect on your academic progress, disciplinary status, or ability to participate in social or other activities at your school. In this guide, we hope to answer some of your questions about your rights as a student with mental illness, as well as about the legal protections, accommodations, and resources available to you.

For more information, visit http://www.bazelon.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2017-07-18-campus-mental-health-fact-sheet-FINAL-1.pdf