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A Work In Progress: Virginia's Efforts To Expand Mental Health Access

Virginia has one of the worst rankings for access to mental health care in the country – according to the Mental Health America.

“It might surprise you to learn that Virginia is ranked 42nd for access to care," said Republican Senator Glen Sturtevant, speaking on the Senate floor this week about a bill that would exempt new psychiatric facilities from a state certificate process in an effort to expand access to care.

Risk Warrant Legislation Seeks To Keep Firearms From Those Who Could Harm Selves, Others

In 2016, there were more than 1100 suicides in Virginia, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). That’s more than twice the number of homicides. The most recent data from Virginia’s Chief Medical Examiner finds more than 50% of suicides involve a gun.

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