Virginia Governor Proposes $31.7M for Mental Health, Opioid Crisis
Gov. Terry McAuliffe is proposing $31.7 million in new funds to improve mental health care and substance abuse treatment in Virginia.
The governor announced Wednesday his proposed amendments to the state's two-year budget will include funding to pay for more same-day mental health assessments and improve mental health treatment in jails, among other things.
He's also calling for $5.3 million to combat the state's growing levels of opioid addiction. Part of that money would go toward medication-assisted treatment and the purchase of overdose reversal kits.
McAuliffe proposed a provision to clarify that the Board of Corrections has the authority to investigate deaths in jails.