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Children’s Mental Health in the Senate and House Budget Recommendations

Posted:  -  By: Ashley Everette

On Sunday, Feb. 18, the Senate and House money committees released their budgets. Some key differences in the House and Senate budget proposals are described below. Alternative Transportation We are…

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2018 GA Session Update: Building Political Will for Trauma-Informed Policies

Posted:  -  By: Emily Griffey

We are making slow and steady progress in our efforts to promote trauma-informed care as policymakers in Virginia become more aware of trauma-informed policy and practices. We asked the House…

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2018 Legislative Session: Advocating for Kids in Foster Care (Updated 02/23/2018)

Posted:  -  By: Allison Gilbreath

In 2017, Voices successfully advocated for continued funding of Fostering Futures, despite a $16 million budget shortfall. In addition, we helped pass legislation that improved mutual family home assessments, provided…

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Working to improve health insurance access in Virginia

Posted:  -  By: Margaret Nimmo Holland

Update 2/23/18: Yesterday, the House and Senate voted on their versions of the budget, which are actually their changes to the budget introduced by outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe in December….

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2018 Legislative Session: Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline (Updated 02/23/2018)

Posted:  -  By: Allison Gilbreath

The commonwealth ranks among the top five states in the nation for referring students to law enforcement for school discipline issues. During the 2015‒2016 school year, Virginia schools issued over…

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