Virginia governor proposes boost in mental health spending
Virginia's governor is proposing a multi-million-dollar effort to move dozens of people out of state mental hospitals. The Daily Press reported Wednesday that Gov. Terry McAuliffe's final budget proposes boosting funding for discharge planning by $6.9 million for 80 to 90 people who are on state hospitals' extraordinary barriers lists. Another $4.8 million would go to community mental health services intended to help people leave the hospitals. His budget will include funding to ensure same-day access to mental health screenings at Community Services Boards, with $11.8 million of state funds and $6.4 million from the joint federal-state Medicaid program. More than $11 million would pay for primary medical care screening at Community Services Boards. Additionally, the budget contains $2.9 million to setup specialized units to treat inmates with serious mental illnesses at several correctional centers.