Report: Va. child mental-health services need improvements

12/27/2011 | Washington Times, The

Virginia needs $20 million in funding and increased consistency among local boards to provide improved mental-health services for children, a new report states. The report, by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, found a lack of services in many communities, plus a lack of oversight for services that do exist. "You have to really be in a crisis for people to reach out and help you, and I guess that's because there [are] a lack of funds, really, and a lack of providers," said Christy Gallagher, whose daughter has pediatric bipolar disorder.

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