Mental Health Issues Covered in Governor’s Proposed Budget

Governor Bob McDonnell yesterday unveiled his budget plan for the next two years. The $95.9 billion proposal includes $38.3 million for the state’s mental health system to strengthen mental health services at a community level. According to the out-going Governor, one item will create crisis intervention centers in six communities in 2015, and six more in 2016. The News and Advance reports, the Lynchburg region could be on the short list for one of those centers. The proposed budget is McDonnell’s last before leaving office in January. Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe said in a statement Monday that “reforming Virginia’s mental health system must be a critical priority of this budget.”

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