We have some great news! The General Assembly included increased funding for children’s mental health services, as well as prevention and awareness programs. This past Saturday was a busy day in Richmond with both the House and Senate tying up all of the loose ends of the 2013 Session and wanting to adjourn on time. [...]

Your voice is needed on Virginia’s budget! Here’s where we are in the process as of 2/15/13: The House and Senate have each passed their version of the budget and rejected the other chamber’s. They have named their top negotiators, called budget conferees, to work out the differences between the two versions of the budget [...]

This week, the House and Senate money committees released their budgets and debated them on the floor of each chamber. The positive news is that both the House and Senate prioritized funding for children’s mental health services. The House fully funded our requested amendment, patroned by Delegate O’Bannon, for an additional $450,000 for children’s crisis [...]

This afternoon, Gov. McDonnell released the letter he sent to the General Assembly with recommendations from his Task Force on School and Campus Safety. Among his list of priorities are three recommendations about mental health: expanding suicide prevention training programs, expanding children’s outpatient services at community services boards, and expanding training in Mental Health First [...]

Thank you to all the advocates who attended Children’s Mental Health Advocacy Day last Thursday, January 24 at the Capitol! We had a wonderful turnout of folks from around the state despite having a little snow on the ground and bitterly cold temperatures. Family members, as well as public and private mental health providers, talked [...]

Now is the time to contact your legislators to ask them to prioritize new funding for children’s mental health services! We have made it easy for you to take action: Simply go to our online advocacy system and enter your name and address. Personalize the email by adding your connection to the issue– whether you [...]