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For Immediate Release:
  December 16, 2010

Governor McDonnell Proposes Funds to Improve Virginia’s Behavioral Health and Developmental Services System

Nearly $30 Million “Down-Payment” Towards Advancing Virginia’s Long-Held Goal of Expanding Services in Community-Based Settings

Richmond – Governor Bob McDonnell announced budget proposals today for Virginia’s behavioral health and developmental services program that will be part of his formal budget amendments announced in full tomorrow, Friday, December 17th. The Governor’s proposals for additional funding for behavioral health and developmental services improvements equal nearly $30 million in general fund dollars. 

      Speaking about the proposals, Governor McDonnell noted, “While I believe Virginia’s behavioral health and developmental services system has come a long way from one that had been largely institutional to one that is now primarily community-based, we still have important work to do to close the gap.  There are still problems in Virginia’s system of behavioral health and developmental services that have remained unaddressed for many years, and involve operational issues at our state facilities and insufficient capacity to serve those in need of community-based services.  This additional funding is a “down payment” toward addressing critical concerns and moving Virginia closer to a community-based model of services and supports.  The initiatives we are putting forward will enable those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live a more self determined life and support those with mental illness on their journey of recovery.”

Highlights from the Governor’s proposals include:

Expansion of Community-Based Services

Improving Quality of Care in State Facilities

      “Governor McDonnell’s proposals reflect his priority to help repair and improve Virginia’s long under-funded public behavioral health and developmental services system,” said Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Commissioner Jim Stewart. “We are committed to working with the Governor and the General Assembly in the days ahead to make the Governor’s proposals a reality.”

More detail of Governor McDonnell's Budget Proposal for DBHDS


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