Governor McDonnell has unveiled a series of funding provisions for his final state budget to improve and strengthen Virginia’s mental health services. The Governor had already decided to fund these Campus Safety Task Force recommendations this summer, but their urgency was underscored by the recent death of a state senator’s son after local health officials reportedly could not find a psychiatric bed for him during a mental health crisis. And as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, McDonnell says the reforms will continue long after he has left office.
The Governor also issued an executive order to create a new task force to fine-tune the proposals over the long term. Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe applauded the recommendations and funding— and said he will continue working to improve the system.