CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP)- Experts and state officials say Virginia has improved its mental health system since the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007. But funding shortages and other issues remain.
University of Virginia law professor Richard J. Bonnie says that mental health care isn't available in most areas for people who can't afford private care. Or, care isn't available in a timely manner.
State House Minority Leader David J. Toscano says the state hasn't been able to keep pace with the need.
Reforms since then include changing the standard for involuntary commitment, and improving and clarifying procedures for mandatory outpatient treatment.
But Bonnie says the system still has a long way to go.
Friday, December 6 2013 1:15 PM EST2013-12-06 18:15:19 GMT
LEWES, Del.- Guests staying at the Red Mill Inn in Lewes were forced to leave their rooms and belongings after a fire ripped through the lodge's building. According to the Lewes Volunteer Fire Company,More
Guests staying at a hotel in Lewes were forced to leave their rooms and belongings after a fire ripped through the building late Thursday night.More
Friday, December 6 2013 12:59 PM EST2013-12-06 17:59:21 GMT
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell and environmental officials are joining DuPont Co. officials to tout completion of a solar energy project. Officials will gather at DuPont's Chestnut Run facilityMore
Gov. Jack Markell and environmental officials are joining DuPont Co. officials to tout completion of a solar energy project.More
Friday, December 6 2013 8:36 AM EST2013-12-06 13:36:45 GMT
SALISBURY, Md.-Late last week Salisbury City Council President, Jake Day was pulled over in Anne Arundel County. According to online Maryland Court records he's accused that day of driving 73mph in aMore
Late last week Salisbury City Council President, Jake Day was pulled over in Anne Arundel County.
According to online Maryland Court records he's accused that day of driving 73mph in a 55mph zone.
Friday, December 6 2013 9:01 AM EST2013-12-06 14:01:47 GMT
MILFORD, Del. - It was like a scene from a Hollywood movie.A high speed chase through Eastern Sussex County that eventually ended near Milford, but not after a 70-mile cat-and-mouse game with police. PoliceMore
Police officers chased 45-year old Jorge Vasquez for almost two hours through multiple towns. That has some people questioning whether police should have stopped the pursuit.More
A high-speed police chase that traversed eastern Sussex County ended in Milford on Wednesday afternoon, authorities say. Georgetown Police say they've arrested 45 year old Jorge Vasquez for reckless endangering, resisting arrest, failure to stop on command of a police officer and numerous other traffic offenses, in connection with today's chase.More