Funding Sought for Kids' Mental Health

LEXINGTON — Parents, advocates and mental health professionals urged state legislators Friday to fund crisis stabilization programs and additional psychiatrists to meet the needs of children with mental illness across Virginia.

"There is a huge need in this state for crisis stabilization for children," said Staunton resident Macy Fox, whose grown son, a graduate student, received state mental health services as a child.

We need it on the front and back end," Fox said, referring to services that prevent hospitalizations and follow-up care in the community for children who leave in-patient psychiatric care.

The creation of mobile crisis units and addition of a child psychiatrist to each of the state's five health planning regions will reduce expensive hospitalizations and help prevent readmission of children to in-patient care, said advocates at the public hearing on Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposed 2012-14 biennial state budget.

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