Institution Money Would Be Moved To Community Programs Under
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 27, 2002
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA--Last week, Governor Mark R. Warner submitted a plan to move money from institutions to community-based services for people with mental illnesses.
Under the proposal, $21.7 million a year, beginning with fiscal year 2004, would be taken directly from the budgets of five state-run institutions and "reinvested" in the state's 40 Community Services Boards.
"Community-based care acknowledges the dignity of every individual and their right to live as full members of society," said Warner in a press statement. "We are making this change because I am committed to making sure that Virginians with disabilities not only have the same rights as everyone else, but the same opportunities as well."
"In short, this is the right thing to do and it's the right time to do it."
Warner called his proposal "the first stage of a multi-year vision to fundamentally change how mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse services in Virginia are delivered and managed."
Warner's plan would result in 450 fewer institution beds, but would not force any facility to close. While his plan would not decrease funding for the state's overall mental health services, it also would not add any significant amount of money for the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse .