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VA Mental Health Subcommittee Members Eager to Get to Work

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An intensive, four-year study into Virginia’s mental health system could begin as early as next month.

Five Virginia Senate leaders - including Senator Creigh Deeds - were appointed to a new mental health subcommittee earlier this week. It will also include seven members from the House of Delegates.

The group will spend the next four years focusing on how to improve all aspects of the state's mental health system. It will issue a two-year interim report in 2016 and its final report in 2018 - and some big changes could be on the way.

“So it's not just accepting what we have now and saying we're going to modify it a little bit here or there, it's saying we're going to take a look at everything, and we may restructure things in ways that are designed to improve it,” said 39th District Senator George Barker (D).

Lawmakers established the group last month alongside several other mental health bills proposed following the Deeds family tragedy.

No official start date is set, but Senate appointees say they're eager to get to work.

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