Less than a year ago, the lack of psych beds left Senator Creigh Deeds' son to spiral into violence, stabbing his father and killing himself. And none of the reforms that resulted are slated to increase psych beds for children.
“If the child were able to stay in the community in a crisis stabilization type of setting, it would be better for the child, better for the family, and better for the community,” Wood said.
Kaplan's child got the help she needed, but still worries for other children. “In this town with all of the resources we have here and with all of the mental health there is nothing for adolescents and children,” she said.
Mental health expert Richard Bonnie at UVA says mobile crisis units may fill the gap. But because of budgetary constraints, Bonnie also says that kind of progress may take years.
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