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Cuccinelli: Settlement Money to Help Fund Crisis Intervention

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Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says his office will allocate $3.5 million from a recent Medicaid fraud settlement - the second largest of its kind - to help fund crisis intervention teams across the state. More than $100,000 is coming to the Charlottesville region.

Virginia receive $115 million last month for its role investigating and prosecuting a firm found to be illegally advertising one of its products. Now, the AG's office will begin allocating portions of that money to help with law enforcement efforts around the state.

The U.S. Treasury Department approved $3.5 million in spending for crisis intervention, helping law enforcement across the state better respond to situations involving those with mental illnesses. Cuccinelli says this will make crisis intervention resources available to localities across the commonwealth, and make those programs sustainable for years to come.

"So one of the focuses that we have here is to train trainers, so that each of these departments - once they institutionalize this - will be able to carry it forward perpetually into the future," Cuccinelli said.

From the same settlement, $10 million has also been earmarked by the Treasury Department for uses within the Attorney General's office, funding in part new tools to catch online predators. Other uses are still under review.

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