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September is National Suicide Prevention Month

New SSA Blog: Inspector General Warns Public About SSA Impersonation Schemes

Inspector General Warns Public About SSA Impersonation Schemes Posted on July 16, 2018 by Andrew Cannarsa, OIG Communications Director The Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, is warning citizens about ongoing Social Security Administration (SSA) impersonation schemes.  SSA and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have recently received several reports of suspicious phone calls claiming to be from SSA. In one case, an automated recording states the person’s Social Security number (SSN) “has been suspended for suspicion of illegal activity,” and the person should contact a provided phone number immediately to resolve the issue.  The call concludes by stating if the person does not contact the provided phone number, the person’s assets will be frozen until the alleged issue is resolved.  In another case, a caller claims to be from “SSA headquarters” and waits for the person to provide personal information, such as an SSN, address, and date of birth.  In January, the OIG shared similar… Read More > New SSA Blog: Inspector General Warns Public About SSA Impersonation Schemes

Mental Health Awareness Month: Body and Mind

Mental Health Awareness Month: Body and Mind May 21, 2018 During May, we recognize Mental Health Awareness Month. This observance brings awareness to mental illnesses and identifies and shares resources to help those who are living and working with mental illness. This year’s theme, Fitness #4Mind4Body, challenges us to understand that what we do physically has an impact on our mental health. Paying attention to both your physical health and your mental health may help you achieve overall wellness as you pursue goals on the path to recovery and work. To learn more about your physical and mental health and find advice on how to take care of your body and mind, check out Mental Health America’s (MHA) tool kit, which includes fact sheets. In their fact sheet series, you can learn more about nutrition’s effect on depression and nutrients for better health, how exercise affects hormone and chemical production that affects mood, the importance of getting a good night’s… Read More > Mental Health Awareness Month: Body and Mind

NAMI Homefront Classes-Registration Open

Registration open for online Homefront classes NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families understand what the Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life transition, PTSD and other mental health conditions. There are four classes to choose from this spring: Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., 04/30/2018, – 06/11/2018 Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., 05/02/2018, – 06/06/2018 Thursdays, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m., 5/03/2018, – 06/07/2018 Mondays, 9:30 – 11:30 p.m., 04/30/2018, – 06/11/2018 CLICK HERE to register. The program is designed to help family members understand and support their Service Member/Veteran while maintaining their own well-being. NAMI Homefront leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions impacting their Service Member/Veteran. The class is free, but you are expected to attend all six sessions. You must have access to a laptop, PC or tablet with a stable internet connection to participate. Audio will be telephone, a headset or headphones with mike are recommended.… Read More > NAMI Homefront Classes-Registration Open

NAMI Homefront Classes (FREE)

Registration open for online Homefront classes NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families understand what the Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life transition, PTSD and other mental health conditions. There are four classes to choose from this spring: Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., 04/30/2018, – 06/11/2018 Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., 05/02/2018, – 06/06/2018 Thursdays, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m., 5/03/2018, – 06/07/2018 Mondays, 9:30 – 11:30 p.m., 04/30/2018, – 06/11/2018 CLICK HERE to register. The program is designed to help family members understand and support their Service Member/Veteran while maintaining their own well-being. NAMI Homefront leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions impacting their Service Member/Veteran. The class is free, but you are expected to attend all six sessions. You must have access to a laptop, PC or tablet with a stable internet connection to participate. Audio will be telephone, a headset or headphones with mike are recommended.… Read More > NAMI Homefront Classes (FREE)

ADA in Focus: Winter 2018

ADA in Focus: Winter 2018 Volume 22, Number 1 ADA In Focus is published three times yearly by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. It is also available by request in large print, Braille, audio CD, and computer disk. To obtain copies in other formats, contact us. ADA In Focus is intended for use by individuals, state and local governments, businesses, legal entities, and others interested in developments in the Americans with Disabilities Act. This publication is intended solely as an informal guidance and should not be construed as legally binding. ADA In Focus does not serve as determination of the legal rights or responsibilities under the ADA for any individual, business or entity. Learn more about the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. Winter 2018, Volume 22, Number 1 (suitable for printing) Winter 2018, Volume 22, Number 1, in large print (suitable for printing) In this issue: Vertical Tabs Center Update(active tab) Focal Point Zoom in on Training Close-Ups: What’s New Zoom in on Court Decisions and Settlements Center… Read More > ADA in Focus: Winter 2018

WVU CED Research Study on TBI

Research Study on Traumatic Brain Injury Have you experienced a traumatic brain injury or concussion in the last 5 years?  The WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities is conducting a research study to learn more about statewide services and needs for survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in West Virginia. Participants will complete an anonymous online survey about their experiences with services and supports. The survey will take about 20-30 minutes to complete and is open to all who have had a TBI or concussion in the last 5 years. Participants must be at least 18 years of age to participate.     Alternative formats are available.   This research is conducted under the direction of Teresa McCourt, Assistant Director, WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities.   IRB approval is on file. WVU Protocol #: 1712897444   Complete the survey at    https://wvu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6f1AUlNPoEKh3A9    

Fair Shake Network Winter Newsletter 2018

Report: DD Councils Addressing Sexual Abuse

Campus Mental Health: Know Your Rights