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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe proposes boost in mental health spending

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe takes part in news media interviews at the Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Virginia governor proposes boost in mental health spending

Virginia's governor is proposing a multi-million-dollar effort to move dozens of people out of state mental hospitals.

The Daily Press reported Wednesday that Gov. Terry McAuliffe's final budget proposes boosting funding for discharge planning by $6.9 million for 80 to 90 people who are on state hospitals' extraordinary barriers lists.

Another $4.8 million would go to community mental health services intended to help people leave the hospitals.

His budget will include funding to ensure same-day access to mental health screenings at Community Services Boards, with $11.8 million of state funds and $6.4 million from the joint federal-state Medicaid program. More than $11 million would pay for primary medical care screening at Community Services Boards.

Additionally, the budget contains $2.9 million to setup specialized units to treat inmates with serious mental illnesses at several correctional centers.

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