Posted: Thursday, 05 December 2013 11:49AM

Gov Elect Says More Money Needed for Mental Health



GOVERNOR-ELECT TERRY MCAULIFFE SAYS VIRGINIA'S MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM WILL NEED MORE MONEY.


THE ISSUE CAME TO LIGHT LAST MONTH AFTER STATE SENATOR CREIGH DEEDS WAS STABBED BY HIS OWN SON, WHO THEN TOOK HIS OWN LIFE. GUS DEEDS HAD FACED A MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION 24 HOURS EARLIER, BUT THERE WAS NO BED REPORTEDLY AVAILABLE FOR HIM. MCAULIFFE SAYS HE HAS BEEN TALKING WITH GOVERNOR BOB MCDONNELL, AND SUPPORTS HIS EFFORTS. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES HIS PROPOSED BUDGET LATER THIS MONTH. MCAULIFFE SAYS HE DOES NOT WANT TO SUGGEST ANY MORE REFORMS JUST YET, AS HE HAS A TASK FORCE LOOKING INTO IT AND HE DOESN'T WANT TO INTERUPT THEIR WORK.

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