HHS Awards Affordable Care Act Funds to The Daily Planet to Expand Mental Health Services

Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., the Administrator Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced yesterday that $54.6 million in funding was made available through the Affordable Care Act to help health centers expand mental health and substance abuse health care services for more than 450,000 people nationwide in 47 states and Puerto Rico. The Daily Planet was included in the funding and will receive $249,602.00 to continue its integrated care model which combines primary

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COO Maureen Neal Presents to Fundraising Professionals

Last week, The Daily Planet’s COO of Advancement Maureen Neal attended the Virginia Fund Raising Institute (VFRI) to present to other fund development professionals. Along with Ann Deaton, professional coach at The Bounce Collective, Neal presented “Coaching: An Innovative Model for Professional Development” and discussed her work for the Advance program. Advance, the Coaching and Assessment Program for Fund Development Professionals, is offered to cohorts of six to nine participants at a time and has been designed to meet the needs of

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The Daily Planet named NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home, receives highest designation

In 2011, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designated The Daily as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), and gave the organization the highest, level III, designation. This achievement notes that The Daily Planet has programs that use evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highlight coordinated care and long-term participative relationships. The patient-centered medical home is a model of care emphasizing care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what patients want it to be.” Research shows that medical

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Donate to The Daily Planet through a bequest

The Daily Planet is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. In 1969, The Daily Planet opened its doors to the many teens who dropped out of school, and ultimately, society. This disenfranchised segment of young adults received assistance from The Daily Planet through the various resources it offered: shelter, meals, health clinics and counseling to help these young adults integrate back into society. The Daily Planet has been able to sustain itself for 45 years, and has continued to provide necessary resources

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The Daily Planet celebrates 5th anniversary of ‘Breaking Bread’ program

It’s never been a better time to get involved! Next month marks the 5th anniversary of The Daily Planet’s Breaking Bread program. The program entails volunteer groups purchasing food, preparing meals and then bringing the meals to the facility to serve to the residents staying at the Medical Respite or Safe Haven programs. The program is not only a great help for TDP’s clients, but also creates the opportunity for volunteers to interact and converse with TDP’s client. This volunteer program is not just

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Driven youth lead 1st Annual Y-LEADership Conference on Health and Homelessness

The city of Richmond has undergone great change in preparation for the future. A renaissance-like revival of culture and community is taking place, and more people are calling the city home. For those without a home in Richmond, change is not as apparent. Virginia’s capital still struggles with the issue of homelessness, as the renovation of downtown speeds up the process of gentrification. Although resources exist to help the underserved, the community has yet to come together to tackle the

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Material donations needed for the Summer

Summer is finally here! With today’s temperatures reaching more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, it is important to stay indoors and remain hydrated. But many of our clients do not have the opportunity to stay indoors, and require necessary items to remain healthy and hydrated. The Daily Planet always welcomes material donations. Donations specific to the Summer season include: Bottled water Sunscreen Lip balm Undershirts Ponchos Bug Spray Donations that are always needed: Hot and cold cereal Travel-size toiletries and sanitizer

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The Daily Planet to receive funding to integrate primary care services

Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF) will award The Daily Planet $50,000 to integrate primary care services into Henrico Area Mental Health and Development Services East Center to serve its clients who suffer from serious mental illness. The Daily Planet will send a nurse practitioner and an M.D. to the center 20 hours each week to provide services to an underserved, low-income population.  These services will start in July. Integration of primary care and behavioral health is an evidence-based best practice that The Daily

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The Daily Planet participates in national health care conference

The Daily Planet’s COO of Advancement Maureen Neal and Behavioral Health Consultant David Pullen recently participated in the 2014 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium in New Orleans, La. The three day conference from May 28 to May 30 focused on the latest methods of addressing health care for the homeless, and attracted providers, consumers and advocates from across the nation. Along with Director of the Institute of Clinical Systems Improvement Pam Pietruszewki, Neal and Pullen

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Women’s Empowerment in A Room of One’s Own

In celebration of its 45th anniversary, The Daily Planet hosted performances of A Room of One’s Own on Sunday, May 18 and Monday, May 19 at the Firehouse Theatre in Richmond. The performances featured the personal growth stories of women who have benefited from the support and services of The Daily Planet, and were based on English writer Virginia Woolf’s 1929 extended essay that explores women writers within a literary tradition dominated by men. Clients shared their experiences amid recitations

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45th Anniversary

Bringing Arts and Therapy Together “The 45th anniversary brings together a partnership of performing arts, visual arts, and health and human services organizations to create a project of therapeutic value and empowerment for a targeted group of The Daily Planet’s female patients” The event takes place May 19th at the Firehouse Theater. Please purchase tickets at the following link: Purchase Tickets.  Please use the comment section on donation page to state your donation is to attend the play. (To purchase a ticket

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Fact vs. Fiction: Community Health Centers

Thanks to Community Healthcare Association of Dakotas for this great info graphic that dispels common myths about Community Healthcare Centers. To see the entire infographic click here Fact vs. Fiction.

Intern Perspective

Nervously waiting around for my interview for an advancement internship position at The Daily Planet, I looked through a book of places all over America that changed how homelessness was handled. After being interviewed, I was given a tour of the Grace Street facility. My interviewer and Advancement Coordinator, Susan Sekerke, told me a story about a man who failed to take his medication simply because he couldn’t read his prescription. It was during this story I realized that it

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U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott receives award from NACHC at new SCHC

Rep. Bobby Scott receives the “2014 Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award”  from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) last month at the Daily Planet.  From left to right: TDP Medical Director Ellen Fleenor, City Councilmen Parker Agelasto, U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, TDP CEO Peter Prizzio, NACHC Assistant Director Susan Sumrell, Richmond City Councilwoman Michelle Mosby, and VA Deputy Secretary of Health & Human Resources Suzanne Gore