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Nonprofit Collective Collaboration Improves Lives of Homeless, Mentally Ill

On the same boardwalk where diners enjoy Sunday brunch, the nonprofit organization the Collective Collaboration Inc. is trying to change the lives of another person.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. announces his 'Healthier Horizons' initiative during Monday's news update.

Bryan Introducing ‘Healthier Horizons’ to Increase Health Care Access

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr introduced “Healthier Horizons,” a package of public health measures to increase residents’ access to affordable health care and modernize the delivery of mental and behavioral health services.

STX Non-Profit Provides Care Packages to Homeless and Mentally Ill

A group of health professionals and community members are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to helping the homeless and mentally ill, creating a non-profit named the Collective Collaboration.
St. Croix filmmaker Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz. (Photo by Holly Jones)

Women’s Coalition Will Livestream Local Documentary ‘Forgotten in Paradise’

The Women’s Coalition of St. Croix is livestreaming “Forgotten in Paradise,” a locally made film examining mental health services in the territory, on their YouTube channel Saturday, April 18.
U.S. Capitol (Shutterstock image)

Analysis: Senate Should Act Soon on Gov. Bryan’s Mental Health Care Overhaul

Behavioral health, substance abuse issues and mental health care for the V.I. community as a whole, in jails and in schools remain severely under-addressed, with ripple effects on everyone’s quality of life.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. discusses his administration's priorities toward reducing property and homelessness during a meeting with members of the Virgin Islands Interagency Council on Homelessness Tuesday in Government House on St. Croix. (Government House photo)

Bryan Proposes USVI Mental Health Law Overhaul; Funding Unclear

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. submitted legislation Thursday aiming to largely reorganize how mental and behavioral health, including alcohol and substance addiction, are treated in V.I. law. The bill, which he mentioned in Monday’s State of the Territory address, does not come with a lot of new money for treatment and care.
Damaged homes on St Croix after Hurricane Irma. )File photo)

Report: Delay in FEMA Process Added Stress to Irmaria Recovery

Three Virgin Islands mental health professionals have published an article analyzing how the Category 5 hurricanes of 2017 affected the mental health of many territory residents.

A Cry of Pain: Understanding Suicide and Where to Get Help

As in many jurisdictions of the world, the U.S. Virgin Islands sees far too many people taken before their time through suicide. Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 added a great amount of stress to many Virgin Islanders.

Black Flag Defendant Gets 4 Years, Suspended, Admits Mental Illness

After admitting to taking a set of international flags from the poles at the Cyril E. King Airport and replacing them with black flags a year ago, 30-year-old Alla H. Salem of St. Thomas was sentenced to no more time behind bars.
Director of Health Justa Encarnacion takes questions from the Senate Finance Committee. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the USVI Legislature)

Lawmakers Criticize Health Officials Over Mental Health, Federal Grants

Lawmakers expressed dissatisfaction Monday over the Department of Health’s handling of the mental health crisis in the territory and some at-risk federal grants aimed at shoring up the Virgin Islands’ behavioral health support system.

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