Psychiatric hospital to add 56 new spots

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Virginia plans to add more than 50 new spots at a psychiatric hospital in the state’s southwest.

The Roanoke Times reports that the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services is adding 56 beds at Catawba Hospital near Roanoke to comply with a state law requiring that no one in need be turned away.

The state said the expansion will require hiring 94 employees.

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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