We can do more for children with mental health disorders
That’s the conclusion of our Virginia member organization in a News Leader column today. As many as 100,000 children and adolescents in Virginia have mental health disorders, but while the state has improved its services, “as few as 20 percent actually receive the help they need,” according to Margaret Nimmo Crowe, policy director at Voices for Virginia’s Children.
Virginia families have needed the state to commit more to addressing child mental health. Crowe writes that there are encouraging signs, like the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents and new dollars from the Virginia General Assembly, but while these are encouraging “it is only a start.”
Learn more about Virginia’s plans and the importance of child mental health services in general in Crowe’s column!