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Opinion/Editorial: Mental health transportation shows strain
The Daily Progress Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7 a.m.
In one of the many difficulties enmeshed in Virginia’s mental health system, three serious problems converge:
 
» Unfunded state mandates.
 
» The lack of accessible mental hospitals, requiring patients to be transported long distances to receive care.  
 
» The unsatisfactory practice of having law enforcement officers handle non-enforcement-related transportation of patients.
 
A new state study calls for an alternative system of transportation that could serve adult patients who are mobile and not considered to be a flight risk or pose a danger to themselves or others.

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