McDonnell proposes spending an additional $30 million on behavioral health
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.
| December 16, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
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