Northam announces advancements in mental health treatment

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said the state’s 40 mental health centers are now all offering walk-in mental evaluations.

Northam said Thursday that the a person in need of a mental health assessment can get one at the state’s Community Services Boards without an appointment instead of waiting days or weeks for an appointment.

Last year lawmakers and the governor approved extra funding to make sure every Community Services Board could offer same-day assessments.

Virginia has made increased funding for mental health treatment since the suicide of Sen. Creigh Deeds’ son in 2013 exposed gaps in the state’s mental health system.

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