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Va. Doesn?t Need Another Mental Health Task

Are Virginia legislators so dense that they need yet another expert panel to tell them whats wrong? Four major studies, from 1997 through 2000, in Virginia each identified the same problems and made similar recommendations. Yet the system remains a mess. Why? Outgoing governor Robert F. McDonnell (R) appointed the newest panel after the November stabbing of state Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) by his son , Austin, had me going who then killed himself. A local mental health official said afterward that Austin had not been treated [read] because no psychiatric hospital bed was available locally. That may have shocked the governor, but it wasnt a surprise to those of us with family members who need mental health care.
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