Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski Counties and the City of Radford
Unveil NOC Sites in Virginia

March 2, 2005
Network of Care

BLACKSBURG, Va. – New River Valley Community Services today introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with behavioral health wellness. This organization established a Network of Care Web site customized to reflect the services available in each of its localities: Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski counties and the City of Radford. Network of Care for Behavioral Health (Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders) is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is “No Wrong Door” for those navigating the system, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the system.

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) is a national best practice, recognized for its excellence in the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health July 2003 Report to President Bush: “Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America.” Regardless of where individuals, families and agencies begin their search for assistance with behavioral health issues, Network of Care ensures they will find what they need. The new Web site will enable people to find the right service at the right time; educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records.

The Network of Care provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the service providers in the four counties and city under New River Valley’s jurisdiction. It puts people in touch with the right services at the right time. Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning behavioral health recovery and wellness.

To increase accessibility and accommodate Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. Network of Care also is available in multiple languages.

Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve people, by embracing Network of Care’s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.

The new Network of Care Web sites are: www.radfordcity.va.networkofcare.org; www.giles.va.networkofcare.org; www.floyd.va.networkofcare.org; www.montgomery.va.networkofcare.org, and www.pulaski.va.networkofcare.org.

Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains all Network of Care Web sites.