Gov. Timothy M. Kaine proposed today to spend almost $42 million to improve the state’s mental health system.
Kaine made it clear that the proposals are a direct response to the massacre at Virginia Tech in April and to the recommendations of a review panel he appointed to study the incident.
“The tragedy at Virginia Tech in April of this year has drawn attention to our mental health care system in an unprecedented way,” he said at a press conference while flanked by legislators from both parties. “Now is the time for us to work together to make the changes and to provide the funding and the accountability our mental health system needs.”
A press release from the governor’s office has the details of the proposal.