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Cuccinelli will pursue mental health reforms

Rosalind Helderman

Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli announced today that he will pursue a series of changes to Virginia's mental health system when the legislature convenes tomorrow. They include allowing law students to represent families seeking to have loved ones committed for mental health treatment, giving doctors flexibility to seek court-ordered out-patient as well as in-patient treatment, and better integration of local jails with mental health resources.

Cuccinelli's announcement came as he also announced that he is raising $100,000 through his inaugural political action committee to donate to the Daily Planet, a Richmond-based facility that offers medical and other services to the city's homeless population.

A Daily Planet official said the charity served 6,000 people last year but its patient load has doubled this year. The non-profit hopes to more than double Cuccinelli's donation by seeking matching grants.

Cuccinelli, like Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell, said he is hoping to celebrate his Inauguration with toned down festivities, given the recession. He said he will spend about $180,000, all donated to his PAC, on the celebration.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 12, 2010; 12:12 PM ET
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman  
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