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Elizabeth Irvin, Executive Director of The Women's Initiative, fields questions from audience members at the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition gathering at the Jefferson School City Center Elizabeth Irvin, Executive Director of The Women’s Initiative, fields questions from audience members at the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition gathering at the Jefferson School City Center

Creigh Deeds Speaks About Legislative Progress at Mental Health Coalition Gathering

State senator Creigh Deeds was the keynote speaker at the Mental Health Coalition’s meeting on Thursday, May 29, held in the auditorium of the African American Heritage Center.  Deeds confined his remarks to the progress the legislature has made remaking the mental health system in Virginia.

The Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition includes the AIDS/HIV Services Group; Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail; ARS Pantops; Charlottesville Albemarle Office of the Public Defender; Charlottesville Department of Social Services; Charlottesville Free Clinic; Charlottesville Department of Human Services; District 9 Probation and Parole; Jefferson Area Community Corrections/Crisis Intervention; Jefferson Area Board for Aging; Offender Aid and Restoration/Jefferson Area Community Corrections; Martha Jefferson Hospital; Mental Health America; On Our Own; PACEM; Region Ten Community Services Board; The Women’s Initiative; University Medical Associates and the University of Virginia Master of Public Health program.

The most recent legislative changes for mental health in Virginia are an almost “real time” psychiatric bed registry and an increase in the amount of time a person can be held on an emergency custody order.

Representatives from Region Ten, Charlottesville Free Clinic, UVA, and Thrive also spoke about changes. They all fielded questions from the audience which ranged from concerns about children’s mental health services to patients’ rights.

YMCA Celebrates Pre-K Graduation Next Week

The Y at the Jefferson School will celebrate the graduation of 9 of its 22 of pre-k students next Friday, June 6, 10:00am-11:00am. All children in the class will participate and graduates will receive diplomas. Following the short ceremony, will be a reception for friends and family to celebrate with their students. Guests are welcome to bring a finger dish to share.

Women’s Initiative Hosts Career Workshop Series

The Women’s Initiative will host three workshops in May, June, and July to help women become the architects of their careers so they can pursue their dreams through a structured approach. These workshops will focus on resume writing, interviewing, and establishing a career path. Each workshop is three hours long and there is no obligation to attend all three. There will also be an ongoing support group available to workshop participants and anyone else interested in receiving support in their career search.

The three workshops are on the following dates:

  • Resume Writing: May 31, 2014, 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Interview Basics: June 28,2014,  9:00am-12:00pm
  • Professionalism: July 26, 2014, 9:00am-12:00pm

All workshops will be held at the MJH Starr Hill Health Center, on the second floor of the Jefferson School City Center. For more information or to register, contact Kirsten at 434-872-0047 x 101 or kirstenfranke@thewomensinitiative.org.

Vinegar Hill Cafe Hosts Chill’n & Grill’n next Thursday

The party continues at the Vinegar Hill Café’s Chill’n & Grill’n on Thursday, June 5 from 5:00-7:30pm. The cafe will be offering a straight-off-the-grill menu, including barbecue ribs, barbecue chicken, or hamburgers, with a choice of collard greens, baked beans, coleslaw and homemade cornbread. All for only $10. Children’s menu and pricing, and vegetarian options available.

As always, Chill’n & Grill’n will feature live music. The Café also welcomes dogs on the patio when accompanied by well-behaved owners.

Vinegar Hill Café is located in the historic Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th Street NW in Charlottesville 22903. For details visit www.VinegarHillCafe.org or contact Joel Schechtman, JSchechtman@jabacares.org, 434-817-5234.

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