Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing $38 million over two years to prop up services and erase cuts made in recent years.
There is nothing state Sen. Creigh Deeds’ friends at the Virginia Capitol can do to save his son, who took his own life after being released from an emergency custody order for a mental health evaluation.
But state leaders can offer the Deeds family some comfort that his death has moved the commonwealth at least a few steps toward a more humane system of care. More importantly, state lawmakers can provide tangible assistance to the many families in crisis because of a loved one’s mental illness.