Meet State Legislators

posted Oct 11, 2013, 8:17 AM by The Arc South of the James   [ updated Oct 11, 2013, 8:18 AM ]

A Conversation with Local Members of the Virginia General Assembly. 
Join us as we discuss the upcoming 2014 legislative session and how it may affect Virginians with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Bring your questions and concerns! 
JOHN TYLER COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Nicholas Building) 13010 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Chester, Virginia  Tuesday, Nov. 12 6 – 8 p.m. 
For more info, contact Anita Dommert at: 
Visit us online at: 

My Life, My Community Re-designing Supports for Virginians with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

posted Sep 25, 2013, 8:07 AM by The Arc South of the James   [ updated Sep 25, 2013, 8:11 AM ]

My Life, My Community. 
Re-designing Supports for Virginians with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  
We want to hear from you! The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental  Services is making changes to the service system for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  
Changes are being made to improve the service system and help the people who receive services  to live and participate in their communities. Many of these changes will focus on Virginia’s Home  and Community Based Services Waiver programs. To provide input on the changes needed, we  want to know what you are thinking! 
Virginia is hosting 16 meetings in eight sites across the state. We hope you will attend one of the  meetings. At each site there are two session times. Each session will include a short presentation  about the anticipated changes to the system and discussion. The evening session will also include  one breakout session designed especially for people with I/DD. There is no registration required to  attend the meetings. 
Sign language or Spanish interpreters are available but you must let us know if you need either   service a minimum of 72 hours before the meeting. 
Who Should Attend 
 People with Disabilities 
 Family Members and Friends 
 Advocates 
 Service and Support Providers 
 Case Managers/ Support Coordinators 
 Direct Support Professionals 
 Employers 
 Concerned Citizens 
Speak Up!! 
Where & When 
Danville September 23, 2013 Danville Institute for Advanced Learning and Research 150 Slayton  Avenue 
Abingdon September 24, 2013 SW Virginia Higher Education Center One Partnership Circle 
Lynchburg September 25, 2013 Lynchburg Public Library 2315 Memorial Avenue 
Norfolk October 1, 2013 Endependence Center 6300 E. Virginia Beach Blvd. 
Hampton October 2, 2013 Crowne Plaza Hotel Hampton 700 Settlers Landing Road 
Colonial Heights October 8, 2013 American Legion, Post 284 505 Springdale Avenue 
Manassas October 9, 2013 Holiday Inn Manassas Battlefield 10424 Balls Ford Road 
Alexandria October 10, 2013 West Potomac High School Room 507 6500 Quander Road 
Two sessions will be held in each location: 
3:00 – 5:00 p.m .
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
(An additional breakout session for people with I/DD will also be held during the 6-8 pm meeting) 
Light refreshments will be served. 
Public Meeting 
Call: (804) 828-0352 

Italian Dinner

posted Sep 17, 2013, 8:01 AM by The Arc South of the James   [ updated Sep 17, 2013, 8:05 AM ]

Please Join us for an Italian Dinner!  
To ensure an accurate headcount, please send an email to and let her know you’re coming!   
September 23, 2013  
6 PM  
Wesley United Methodist Church  
3701 Conduit Rd.  
Colonial Heights  23834.    
This is the time to renew 
your annual membership:  
$15 for individuals 
and $25 for families.  
We will be granting a FREE annual membership to any family with a loved one on the 
ID/DD waiver wait list!

More information about 7-24-13 Arc SOJ meeting

posted Jul 11, 2013, 12:51 PM by The Arc South of the James   [ updated Jul 11, 2013, 12:56 PM ]

Please join The Arc South of the James for 
Lemonade and Cookies! 
Our guests will be Sherri Diven and Regina Smith from the District 19 Community Services Board, who will discuss D-19’s child/adolescent services.  
Families who have sought or received services for their children from D-19 are 
urged to attend—bring your questions and concerns along! 
Wednesday, July 24  at 7 p.m. 
Wesley United Methodist Church  
3701 Conduit Rd, Colonial Heights 
(fellowship hall, in the back of the building). 
To RSVP or get more information about this event, please contact 
Anita Dommert at

Meeting Wednesday July 24th at 7PM

posted Jul 11, 2013, 12:47 PM by The Arc South of the James   [ updated Jul 11, 2013, 12:56 PM ]

The Arc SOJ is having a very informative meeting with D19 Children's services on:
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
7 PM
Wesley United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall. 
Please enter by the doors on the playground side of the building.
Please RSVP  to Anita Dommert  at

The Arc South of the James Music Extravaganza

posted Feb 15, 2013, 10:37 AM by The Arc South of the James   [ updated Feb 15, 2013, 11:16 AM ]

            Date:  Friday March 8, 2013      

            Time:  7:00PM to 11:00PM

            Location:     Olde Towne Petersburg Civic Center   

        136 River Street 

        Petersburg VA 23803 


Cover Charge:  $10.00

Come out and support the Arc South of the James in their efforts to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the community live “A Life Like Yours.”

Celebrate with live music, a cash bar with adult beverages, and raffles.  Raffles will include musical instruments from Hohner, Inc. and goodies from local businesses.  

Rally Advocacy Day

posted Jan 17, 2013, 11:13 AM by The Arc South of the James   [ updated Jan 17, 2013, 11:20 AM ]


Learn. Meet. Share. 
Hear inspirational speakers, enjoy and sing to live music, meet other advocates 
from around the Commonwealth, and share your story with your legislator! 
When? Where? 
Monday, January 21, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. . Bell Tower on Capitol Square 
(Located on the corner of 9th & Bank Streets) 
Questions? More Info? 
Bonnie Neighbour . VOCAL . . (877) 862-5638 
Jessica Fleenor . The Arc of Virginia . . (804) 649-8481 

Coalition for Virginians with Mental Disabilities . 2147 Staples Mill Road . Richmond, VA 23230 
 Directions. parking. SHUTTLE.  
The Coalition for Virginians with Mental Disabilities will hold its annual General Assembly Rally on  Monday, January 
21st from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Bell Tower on Capitol Square, located at the corner of 9th  and Bank Streets in 
Richmond. A map of Capitol Square can be found at 
pdf, on page 15. The Bell Tower is on the bottom left of the map. 
FROM NORTH OR SOUTH: Take I-95 to Broad Street West exit. Continue west on Broad Street  until 9th. 
FROM EAST OR WEST: Take I-64 to I-95 South. Take Broad Street West exit. Continue west on Broad Street until 9th. 
Parking in Richmond on streets is difficult at any time, especially when the General Assembly is in  session. There are 
plenty of parking lots and garages nearby. They charge a small fee for parking; it is cheaper than  parking tickets. 
For individuals traveling to the Rally in a van and may have difficulty dropping off participants at  the Rally site, the 
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) has generously arranged for satellite parking and  shuttle service. 
Individuals who need an area to rest or use restrooms may do so in the lobby of RBHA. Satellite  parking is located at 
107 South 5th Street. Shuttle service will be available from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. to the Bell  Tower, with return trips 
from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. For questions or additional information, contact Laura Nguyen at  (804) 819-4078.  
visit Your Legislator. meeting preparation. 
1. Find out who your Senator and Delegate are by visiting, or  call Legislative 
Information at (804) 698-1500. Write down your legislators’ home district mailing address, e-mail  address, and the 
Richmond office phone number. 
2. Review the Coalition’s legislative agenda, as it focuses on the needs of individuals with mental  illness, intellectual 
and developmental disabilities, and substance use disorder. 
3. If you can, contact your legislator by letter or e-mail to notify him or her that you will be in  Richmond on January 
16th and would appreciate the opportunity to meet with either them or their legislative aide. Let  them know that you 
are especially interested in funding for services to individuals with mental illness, intellectual and  developmental 
disabilities, and substance use disorders. Be sure to include a few words about why this is of  interest to you. Also, 
invite your legislator to join you at the Rally between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. at the Bell Tower on  Capitol Square. 
4. In the week prior to the Rally, (January 14th through January 18th), call your legislators’ offices  in Richmond to 
remind them that you will be in Richmond the following week and are looking forward to meeting  with them. Don’t 
forget to remind your legislators that they are welcome to attend the Rally and that you hope to  see them there. 
5. Plan and rehearse what you will say to your legislators or to their aides when you visit them. Be  sure to connect 
what you say with key points on the Coalition’s legislative agenda. Please put your remarks and/or  personal story in 
writing to leave with them. 
6. There will be a table in the lobby of the General Assembly Building where you can find out who  your legislators are 
and/or pick up materials to leave with them when you visit. The table will be open at 10 a.m.  

Coalition for Virginians with Mental Disabilities . 2147 Staples Mill Road . Richmond, VA 23230

January 14, 2013 meeting

posted Jan 7, 2013, 11:10 AM by The Arc South of the James   [ updated Jan 7, 2013, 11:12 AM ]

Please join us for an information session on the 
 Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program. 
The EPSDT is the child health component of Medicaid. It's required in every state and is designed to improve the health of children by financing appropriate and necessary pediatric services. 
Brian Campbell, our scheduled speaker, has years of experience working with and supervising programs for children with developmental disabilities.  Since 2005 he has supervised the EPSDT program.  The program has made extensive developments during this time to better meet the medical and psychosocial needs of children enrolled in Virginia's Medicaid program. 
Come to learn all of this and more: 
 What does it cover?  Who is eligible?  Why is it necessary?  How does it help? 
Monday, January 14, 2013 
6:30 p.m.  
Colonial Heights Technical Center 3451 Conduit Road, Colonial Heights 
For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Anita Dommert at 

Christmas Party!

posted Nov 26, 2012, 3:06 PM by The Arc South of the James   [ updated Nov 26, 2012, 3:11 PM ]

The Arc South of the James Christmas party will be: Monday, December 
10th @ 6PM @ The Colonial Heights Tech Center.  This year we are having 
a Potluck Supper.
  So, get those cookbooks out and whip up your favorite recipe.  If that 
is not your cup of tea, a pizza, chicken or cookies works for me:)

 Some other food suggestions:  deviled eggs, vegetable tray, fruit tray, 
cheese ball & crackers, chips & dips, ham rolls, meatballs, casseroles, 
salads, cakes, cookies, & pies.
 Please make enough for your family plus a little extra to share.

The Webbers' are bringing their famous chili:)

 We will be taking pre-orders for The Arc SOJ sweatshirts. 
The cost is $20.00.  We will also be having the ornament exchange again 
this year. The cost limit is $5.00.

 Please RSVP back to me with the number attending and what you are 
planning on bringing.
We don't want 10 cheese balls:)

Hope to hear from you all soon!

Mark you Calendars!

posted Nov 19, 2012, 5:34 AM by The Arc South of the James

On March 23, 2013, The ARC South of the James is having a Transition 
Resource Fair for students and their parents. It will be held at Colonial 
Heights Middle School from 10:00 to 2:00. More information will coming 
out soon.

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