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Governor McDonnell Announces New Mental Health Initiatives

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - Governor McDonnell wants to increase funding and create a task force to look at ways to stop mental health crisis.

The initiatives announced Tuesday follow the November stabbing of Senator Creigh Deeds by his son, who fatally shot himself hours after being released from emergency custody because there weren't enough beds to keep him.

"This is about fixing the system for all Virginians," McDonnell says. "Obviously it was a heart-breaking situation we experienced here recently and Senator Deeds is a very good man and public servant and obviously heart-broken about losing his son."

McDonnell says these proposals are part of a year-long evaluation of challenges in the mental health system.

"We do know from time to time in our system people do fall through the gaps and frankly there are gaps."

McDonnell is proposing more than $38 million to help fix the mental health system.

Some of the main problems he wants to rectify are extending the emergency custody order from six hours to eight and increasing the number of beds across the state and assembling a task force to identify what else needs improving.

To read the full list of the governor's proposed changes, click here: http://www.governor.virginia.gov/PolicyOffice/ExecutiveOrders

 

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