Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond)

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68: Counties of Chesterfield (part) and Henrico (part); City of Richmond (part) [map]
Took Office
January 2018
Next Election
November 2019
Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources, Militia, Police and Public Safety
Copatroning Habits
78% of bills she copatroned were introduced by Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of her bills, 83% of them are Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that she also copatroned, 70% of them are Democrats.
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Stress Of The Unemployed: I Lost My Job! What To Do?

May 31, 2019
Losing a job can take a toll on your physical health and mental well-being. It is hard to deal with this and tough to start over again. Looking for a new job and coming back with negative results can give you feelings of self-doubt and you will question yourself if you are not good enough to find work. This is a ?psychology of the mind? problem. With this, you are now reading an article that will help you cope with your feelings after a job loss and help you boost your confidence so you can feel good about yourself. Why Is Job Loss So Stressful? Having a job is not for paying the bills but for your sense of purpose and meaning. They give structure in our lives, and it?s hard when this structure is shattered. Losing a job also comes with other things to fall apart like: Professional Identity Self-esteem and self-confidence Daily routine Work-based social network Sense of security Don?t feel like you?ve lost everything. There is still hope, and if you are determined enough, soon you?ll land on another job; maybe an even better one. Grief After Job Loss It is normal to grief after a job loss. It can be hard to accept that your daily routine no longer exists and you might feel like you don?t have a purpose anymore. There are ways to deal with this grief: Give yourself time to adjust. It may be sudden, and you might feel worthless, but that?s not true. Instead, tell yourself that you have been working long enough and just recently lost your job. It?s not like it has been years since you last had a job. Stay positive. Think of your job loss as a temporary setback. Remind yourself that this will not be your situation for long. This is just a small bump in the road that you will overcome. You have training and skills and can find another job soon. Creatively express your feelings. Writing in a journal can help you cope with your job loss. There are other ways to cope, and it?s up to you to figure out the best way for you. Reach Out And Stay Strong It is natural to withdraw from people when you just lost your job. You might feel judged if a person asks you if you are working and tell them you just recently lost your job, but you still have to reach out to people so they can help you to cope. Talking to other people about your recent job loss can help relieve some tension and stress that you are feeling. They may not offer any solutions for you but having someone to listen to you can be a great help. Reaching out to other people can help you feel like you are in control of your situation, and you might be surprised by what opportunities will arise. Opening up to someone doesn?t make you a burden to them but will make them feel honored that you would want to confide in them during hard times. Developing New Relationships After A Job Loss You might have missed out while you were still working so this job loss can open new doors for reconnecting with friends and even building new friendships. Go and contact your friends and catch up with each other?s lives. You can also attend classes or clubs, engage in a sports team, or volunteer to meet new people who have the same interests as you. Involve Your Family For Support Keeping your job loss a secret to your family can add more problems than you know. It?s best to let them in on what?s happening so they can support you and help you. Open up to your family. They will understand what you are going through and will always be there for you in times like this don?t be afraid to tell them what you are going through. Listen to their concerns. It is usual for them to be worried about you, and they might even have suggestions that will be a huge help. Don?t take their advice the wrong way. Make time for family fun. This will strengthen your bond as a family and help you forget your unemployment problems for a bit. Face Your Feelings Accept the fact that you lost your job. It is okay to grieve, but you have to let go of this feeling eventually. Remember that a lot of people are going through the same thing as you are, and they still find a way to stay positive. If it?s possible for them, it is possible for you. Don?t ignore your feelings and let them flow through you until they are gone. This is the best way to eliminate those negative emotions and use them to be more determined in finding a new and better job.

Habits That Help One Recover From Job Loss

January 30, 2019
  Losing a job is pretty tough. It doesn?t really matter if it was about how you performed or it was because of nothing. It?s still very difficult to face and understand, especially if you are all that your family has. But if you try to think deeply, just like any challenge or ordeal in life, you will find out that one must gauge his success in life in the way he handles the challenges he faces, and the number of times he has won over these challenges. Recalling my friend?s dad who lost his job and not overcoming the frustration and anxiety and the shame is now coming to me again. He had committed suicide then, but luckily he failed at it. I get why he did it. He had four kids with no other support ? he was a single dad. It was a big, bad blow to his ego and self-esteem too. Through the years, people have been in and out of jobs, and often this is not their fault. This year, many will lose their jobs again. But whatever the reason is for losing a job, it?s how well you respond to a big obstacle in your life that matters. When you?re looking for a job, it?s not a secret that character is everything. Positive thinking will put you on top of the list of prospects ? easily. Losing a job might even be an opportunity for you to look back and realize that it?s what made you stronger than ever ? that?s if you have THE character. I believe in what Confucius said ? that by nature we are alike. No one wants to be rejected. However, we become different in the way we deal with the rejection, with the job loss that is. Let us take a look at some of the habits that can separate you from the group, put your name on the list of chosen ones, and get your job back or get an even better, if not the best, job offer. Habits You Should Practice Focus on the future. When you?re anxious, worried, and depressed from a job loss, it?s so easy to stay stuck there with all the regret and remorse for something you might not even have control over. This doesn?t only fuel insecurity and self-pity, but it also removes that power you have over yourself. Try your best not to get stuck in the past and concentrate instead on what you can do right now. Talk to people who can help you and start making a list of what you need to do and where you need to go to kick start that job hunt immediately.   Don?t think that being unemployed is who you are as a person ? a failure, a nothing, and a wreck. That is not your status. That is just a roadblock that you need to surpass. It?s not who you are, and it will never define you. Marty Seligman, a psychologist, stated that one of the biggest factors that will determine success from a life challenge of any type is how one interprets that challenge. So what we should do is look at the job loss as a chance to reassess oneself, to build more strength and versatility, and to learn how to better tackle failure. This is the best move to make if you want to get that job back or get a promotion! Accept the failure, recognize the reasons why it happened, and be confident that you?ll get over it.   When you wallow, don?t mingle with those who will drag you down even more. Their negative emotions will get the better of you, as people that surround you will also affect how you feel about yourself. Don?t join the pity party; instead, make it your intention to look for a company that will encourage you to stay positive, those who will lend you inspiring movies and books to read when you get home. Show your family that you?re not giving up on yourself and them so that they won?t feel anxious themselves.   Don?t forget about taking care of yourself. This is too important not because you?re narcissistic but because your physical well-being is as vital as your emotional and mental well being. Don?t be that someone from the movies that you who just eat a bowl of popcorn and drink beer all day. Don?t look jobless! Get fit and stay healthy. Exercise and release the negative toxins. Pump up those endorphins so you?ll be feeling alive and eager to show your best on your job interview today.   Feel good by doing good. When you practice kindness, you become addicted to helping others because it makes you feel worthy and appreciate and grateful for what you have despite the job loss. Helping others is a great mood booster ? better than antidepressants. Also, volunteering in a community activity would mean avoiding being a couch potato and not getting stuck in the past. Losing your job is indeed something to be sad about, but nothing to be feared and frustrated about for the rest of your life. Be different from the others. Get moving. Don?t let it rip you of what you?re about to discover ? the best opportunities for those who persevere.        

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Health Care System And Today?s Challenges

November 15, 2018
The healthcare system is a complex organization that caters a lot of things. They provide services from medicines and physical and mental professional assistance up to health insurance and social works. It takes a lot of attention, so when one of its functions becomes incapable of providing services, everything gets messed up. That?s why it?s understandable that its leaders sometimes experience a lot of issues. And all over the world, every healthcare problem becomes the same due to its current challenges. So what are those challenges that seem to cripple the healthcare system? Politics ? The healthcare system is one of the dominant political issues all over the world because there is always social injustice everywhere. Since politics has the right to create, regulate, and maintain the healthcare system, they can manipulate everything that it is capable of doing. An example is its accessibility. Politics can easily walk through what it wants by creating a wide variety of choices for people. These can go from opportunities, limitations, conservation, and usage. Financial ? The economics of the healthcare system is complex, so it requires a stable financial state. However, when some of its functions get corrupted, it?s easy to expect that all of its coverage experiences the same too. That?s because when the control of the system quickly increases spending on distribution, occurrence, possible control of diseases and other health-related factors, people can expect a lesser quality service. It?s ideal to say that the limited amount of money can only support a limited number of people. Demographic ? The aging population affects almost half of the healthcare system. That?s because the increased number of people add to its coverage. Meaning, the higher the community become, the lesser the medical services acquired. Fortunately, some healthcare services allow insurance. It saves some people?s time and money throughout the year. Workforce ? In line with the demographic changes in the healthcare system, the workforce tends to change as well. That?s due to the demand of services required on every branch of the medical field. Also, volunteers and social workers matter too. As much as possible, the balanced ratio of consumers to the healthcare services should have to be 1:10, or much lesser in the least. That?s for the benefit of a focused health-related assistance. Technological Advancement ? Innovation mainly impacts the healthcare system. When there is a continuous growth of technological advancement, there?s also a massive amount of money involved. Meaning, the easier the procedure becomes, the higher the cost it gets. And not to mention the impact of scientific breakthroughs and other high-end medical approaches in all fields such as surgical, medicinal, consultation, therapy and more. The real difficulty is that people do not face any of these challenges individually. Instead, all of these come in a package. So when the healthcare system suffers from the top, everything about it crashes down to the bottom. From there, people start to suffer. Unfortunately, the majority of the population who needs the assistance is the increasing number of those who can no longer afford.  

Signs That Your Insurer Doesn?t Follow Mental Health Parity

October 15, 2018
Getting a health insurance plan for the first time tends to fill your head with expectations. For once, you no longer need to bring during your medical checkups. If you get hospitalized, the insurer will pay your doctor as well as the hospital in full on your behalf. More importantly, you can use the policy for any health condition that bothers you. I wish all of that can come true. In reality, such things can only occur if you have a physical problem. Cancer, influenza, diabetes, slipped disc, et cetera ? that?s what it means. Once you come to the insurance provider to ask if they can cover your psychiatric bills for depression, eating disorder, and other ?invisible? issues, you can?t guarantee that they?ll help you. Some doctors even said most companies merely offer assistance considering the patient is suicidal. Otherwise, they need to pay out of their pockets. In case you still haven?t experienced that but are thinking of booking an appointment with a psychiatrist, here are the signs that your insurer may not be following mental health parity. You Have To Get Permission To Use It All The Time When you utilize your insurance plan to, say, consult a doctor regarding your gallstones, you can present your identification cards to the provider and receive permit immediately. You need not go through heavy scrutinization since it?s a physical condition. Assuming the check-up turns into surgery, the insurer may only call to ask if you wish for them to settle your entire bill. Well, that breezy process is not natural to experience when the issue involves mental health. In case you want to visit a psychiatrist to monitor your psychological condition or know whether you have anxiety or depression or a different disorder, it will most likely be essential for you to call the insurance company ahead, as well as once you?re getting the paper slip. Nevertheless, neither can assure that they?ll give you the permit you need. It?s Difficult To Find A Specialist Within The Network Let?s imagine for a minute that your insurer allowed you to use the policy for mental health assessment. The representative says, ?You can do that, but you have to look for a psychiatrist inside the network.? So, although you?ve spoken to another doctor before that, you cancel your appointment with him or her as he or she has no association with the insurance provider. What you may find out later is that you?ll typically be able to count on your left hand the number of mental health professionals that agree to work with insurers. It?s a rarity to see one listing multiple psychiatrists because there aren?t many specialists that appreciate their stipulations. Not to mention, they don?t get paid as well as the other kinds of doctors, which is disappointing. You Case May Not Be Seen As ?Medically Necessary? As mentioned above, many insurers have this crazy high standard of what?s medically necessary and what?s not. When talking about the former, it entails that the patient drank a bottle of gasoline, ruptured their veins from excessing slashing, or popped hundreds of pills in their mouth. In short, they were suicidal. What some insurance companies don?t deem as a necessity is going to a psychiatrist?s clinic to stop depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses from becoming severe. You are surely not suicidal when you want to get help early. Thus, they may turn you away and leave you to fend for yourself in that area of the medical world. In Conclusion The mental health parity law is supposed to keep patients like you from experiencing discrimination due to your psychiatric issues. If the insurance provider does not honor it and continues to avoid helping policyholders receive the mental health treatment that you need, then you should look for a more humane insurer than that.    


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  • HB1849: Dental hygienist; remote supervision of a dentist employed by DBHDS.
  • HB2061: Richmond, City of; restrictions on activities of former officers and employees.
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  • HJ608: Constitutional amendment; Governor's term of office (first reference).
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  • HR306: Commending Monroe E. Harris, Jr., M.D.
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  • HR320: Commending Tracey Zaval.
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  • HR322: Commending the Virginia Girls Choir.
  • HR347: Commending the Trinity Episcopal School varsity field hockey team.
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  • HR350: Commending the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k.
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  • HB711: Educational Parity, Commission on; established, report.
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  • HJ16: Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month; designating as March 2019, and each succeeding year thereafter.
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