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On Monday, January 14, 2013, WCVE radio, the Richmond-area NPR station, ran an in-depth story on the use of the children’s crisis intervention funding provided by the General Assembly in 2012. Reporter Craig Carper toured the crisis stabilization unit at St. Joseph’s Villa, and the story features Campaign Coordinator Margaret Nimmo Crowe and Mary Ann Bergeron, executive director of Campaign partner the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards. The story also highlights the need for additional funding to make these services available in other parts of the state.
Geraldine Johnson, director of St. James’s Children’s Center, spoke eloquently about the need for us to nurture the youngest children in Virginia and address their social and emotional health needs before they become serious mental health problems. Alex Gulotta, executive director of the Legal Aid Justice Center, spoke about the need for elected officials to work together in a spirit of compromise to address issues facing Virginia’s children and families.
Voices’ policy director and Campaign Coordinator Margaret Nimmo Crowe explained the Campaign’s efforts and encouraged those in attendance to speak up for the 1 in 5 children who have a mental health disorder. Voices’ executive director John Morgan asked all participants to question candidates for office about their stances on children’s issues, research their positions on kids’ issues that matter, and then vote!