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VA Mental Health Reform Takes Center State at Democratic Party Gathering

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

The commonwealth's proposed mental health reforms took center stage at a Democratic Party breakfast in Charlottesville Saturday morning.

More than 50 people came out for Saturday's panel at the Central Library.

Experts led the discussion on the state of Virginia's mental health system, current funding for it, and ideas for reform.

“Unfortunately, we seem to focus on it only when there's a crisis,” says Mental Health America board member Kate Acuff. “But the information is that one in four people are affected by mental illness and that we shouldn't wait until a crisis to be focused on it.”

Speakers included a clinician from Region Ten, a Western State Hospital clinical psychologist, and the University of Virginia's director of health policy.

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