Friday, June 29, 2007

Seeking treatment for a loved one in Virginia

The Roanoke Times delves into the horribly difficult process of seeking treatment for a loved one with anosognosia in Virginia. Unfortunately, part of that difficulty can also be attributed to Virginia’s community services boards (CSB’s) – the group tasked to provide community mental health services in Virginia. Despite the fact that outpatient commitment has been on the books for years, it’s clear that they are woefully unaware of their own state’s laws. In fact, the director of one CSB recently admitted, “We’re not clear how it will work… We’re trying to get the process in place.”

In the face of challenges like these, it is vitally important that families have all the information they can before a crisis occurs. More on seeking treatment for a loved one is available here.

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