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Posted at 2:50 PM ET, 12/16/2010

McDonnell proposes spending an additional $30 million on behavioral health

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell's spending spree continues.

McDonnell (R) announced Thursday that he will increase funding for behavioral health and developmental services by nearly $30 million.

"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,'' he said in a statement. "This additional funding is a 'down payment' toward addressing critical concerns and moving Virginia closer to a community-based model of services and supports."

His proposal calls for:

  • $9.8 million for 275 Medicaid Waiver slots in fiscal 2012 and ongoing funding to assist in reducing the waiting list for community-based services and providing community alternatives for those living in training centers
  • $5 million to create crisis intervention services across the state for individuals with co-occurring intellectual disability and behavioral disorders
  • $4 million in to expand behavioral health crisis stabilization programs statewide
  • $2.4 million to increase targeted community behavioral health services in the Tidewater/Eastern State Hospital region
  • $514,641 to add six licensing positions at the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
  • $400,000 for five positions to work with residents of the state training centers and their families to plan for transition from the facility to community settings
  • $7.1 million for Virginia's five state-operated training centers for individuals with intellectual disabilities
  • $200,000 to contract with consultants to provide staff training at state training centers
  • $182,000 to establish a statewide medical director and a quality management position

McDonnell will announce a complete list of all his amendments to the budget Friday. That announcement will include cuts to help offset additional spending that he has proposed, including this $30 million, $54 million for economic development, $50 million for higher education and $150 million for transportation.

By Anita Kumar  | December 16, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate  
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Hey, McConnell's turning into a big lib! woohoo

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