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Mental Health in the House and Senate Budgets

The House and Senate released their versions of the State budget on Sunday, February 3rd. Between the House and Senate budget recommendations, all mental health budget requests advocated for were…

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Children’s Mental Health proposed legislation: 2019 session (Updated Feb 1st)

Every year, Voices for Virginia’s Children monitors all legislation introduced to the Virginia General Assembly and advocates for public policies that improve the lives of Virginia’s children. Our children’s mental…

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Children’s Mental Health: Review of Budget Amendments

Like the Governor, one of the primary responsibilities of the General Assembly is to craft the state budget. Last week, members from the House and Senate purposed budget amendments to the Governor’s…

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Virginia Mental Health Access Program: Expanding Mental Health Access for Children

While improving care for children and adults with mental health needs is a top priority in Virginia, our current behavioral health system does not meet the needs of children with…

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Children’s Mental Health Legislative Priorities 2019

Over the last several years, behavioral health has been a focus for policymakers in Virginia. Efforts made by our Medicaid and behavioral health agencies and the Deeds Commission  have signaled Virginia’s…

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Share Your Story- Child Care, Foster Care, Trauma-informed, Health & Mental Health

As we prepare to speak up for kids at the Virginia General Assembly and in Washington we need help from you to share your story or the stories of families…

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Richard Bennett Takes a Holistic Approach to Child Health

Written by Cassie Price Pediatrician and Voices for Virginia’s Children board member Richard Bennett understood better than most what was at stake in the fight to re-fund the Children’s Health…

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Family First Prevention Services Act Will Change Child Welfare for the Better

While lawmakers and advocates were busy pushing for advances to child welfare in Virginia during the 2018 legislative session, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., quietly passed the greatest changes to child…

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2018 Legislative Agenda Highlights

After an extended General Assembly session, we are pleased the legislature approved a budget that includes Medicaid expansion that will cover nearly 400,000 more uninsured Virginians. This budget also includes…

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Finally! Virginia passes Medicaid expansion and a budget that invests in kids

After repeated attempts over the last several years, Virginia finally adopted Medicaid expansion to provide health insurance to up to 400,000 Virginians who currently fall in the coverage gap.  We are…

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