Virginia Legislature Reviews Budget Amendments Related to Early Care and Education

A number of amendments were introduced, during the 2015 Virginia Legislation Session, to adjust the Governor’s proposed budget for Early Child Care and Education. The House Appropriations and Senate Finance committees must decide whether or not to incorporate these amendments in the budget.  The Voices for Virginia's Children has a summary of the proposed amendments [...]

2015-01-26T15:37:45+00:00January 26th, 2015|

Voices for Virginia’s Children Reviews Virginia Budget Wins for Children’s Behavioral Health Care

Voices for Virginia's Children has published summary information on the recently finalized Virginia budget. Governor McAuliffe signed the 2015-2016 biennial budget bill that will fund operations of the Commonwealth, and covers Voices’ priority policy issues in early education, children’s health and mental health, and child welfare and foster care.   Click here to read a [...]

2014-06-26T19:20:45+00:00June 26th, 2014|

New Report Shows Timely Discharge would Free Mental Health Beds and Funds

The Office of the State Inspector General has released a report that  focuses on the Discharge Assistance Program. The report states that if more discharge-ready patients were released into community care, more beds in state hospitals would be available for emergency mental-health patients. Click here to read the complete report on the BHDS Discharge Assistance [...]

2014-02-19T12:56:50+00:00February 19th, 2014|

Early Care & Education Budget Amendment Requests

Priorities for Voices for Virginia’s Children and the Early Childhood Policy Network are restoring funding to home visiting services that have experienced cuts in recent years and ensuring that all infants and toddlers with developmental delays have access to Early Intervention/Part C services. Click here to read highlights of the related proposed Virginia budget amendments at Voices [...]

2014-01-28T15:44:25+00:00January 27th, 2014|

Creating Opportunities: A Plan for Advancing Community-Focused Services in Virginia

In 2010, the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) partnered with stakeholders across the services system to identify the most pressing priorities and plan targeted efforts that strive to meet these critical needs. The result was a strategic planning process to promote service and system improvements entitled, Creating Opportunities: A Plan for [...]

2014-01-20T21:48:52+00:00January 20th, 2014|