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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

Call-In Day

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, Outreach, and Public Awareness

Take Action for MFP on the Olmstead Anniversary!

This Thursday, June 22, 2018, is the 19th Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision cementing the ADA’s integration mandate. To commemorate the day, NCIL is joining other national disability organizations in hosting a National Call-In Day for the EMPOWER Care Act (S. 2227 and H.R. 5306).

Since Money Follows the Person (MFP) began in 2005, over 75,000 disabled people have been liberated from institutions, and CILs have played a critical role in that. But MFP expired on September 30, 2016, and states are starting to scale back and end their programs. In fact, last year was the first time the number of people transitioned into the community declined. We need your advocacy to get the House and Senate to pass the EMPOWER Care Act to reauthorize and fund MFP!
Take Action!

Congress must save and fund MFP, and they need to hear from us! Please urge your Senators and Representative to continue the Money Follows the Person program by co-sponsoring the EMPOWER Care Act!

Participate in Thursday’s National Call-In Day! Call your Senators and Representative and urge them to co-sponsor the EMPOWER Care Act! All members of Congress can be reached by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY). Find more information, including talking points, at the Facebook event. RSVP and share widely!

Use Social Media! Post on Facebook and Tweet at your members of Congress. Find your Members’ Twitter handles and other contact information on Contacting Congress. Make sure to use the hashtag #FundMFP in your posts. You can find more information, including sample Tweets, at the Facebook event.

Email your members of Congress! Customize a message to your Members of Congress online.

NWVCIL Board of Directors Recruitment

Posted in Disability, Outreach, and Public Awareness

The Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living (NWVCIL) is seeking volunteer Board members to provide direction and guidance for its community based, consumer-directed, nonprofit disability resource and advocacy center that provides independent living services throughout a 13-county service area.

Board meetings are held in Morgantown bimonthly. Any out of pocket expenses related to board participation are reimbursed. We are seeking people who can assist with strategic long-range program and financial planning, succession planning and resource development.

As a consumer-directed agency, 51% of the Board positions must be held by qualified individuals with disabilities who represent community members, local business representatives, people with disabilities and others who support and promote equality for all.

INFO:  Jan Derry, Executive Director at 304-296-6091 or jderry@nwvcil.org

APPLICATION:  Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living Board of Directors