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Virginia Program for Veterans Faces Scrutiny From Lawmakers

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- A new Virginia legislative report has concluded that a state program to direct military veterans to mental health services and family support is relying on staff that may not be properly trained or certified to manage behavioral health care.
The report released Monday from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission says the Virginia Veteran and Family Support program's 35 staff members across the state are carrying out some services they might not be certified to perform.
McAuliffe already has announced $13 million for veterans services that he will include in the two-year budget he will propose Thursday, but House Appropriations Chairman S. Chris Jones cautioned against committing additional state budget resources to veterans services until concerns about existing programs are addressed.

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