Virginia’s Mental Health Training Centers

Virginia Mental Health Training CentersFamilies say the state is pressuring them to move relatives living in Virginia’s mental health training centers to community care. The News & Advance reports that parent groups from four training centers have asked Gov. Bob McDonnell for help. In a letter to the governor, the groups asked him to stop efforts to coerce families into accepting community placements for their relatives. McDonnell spokeswoman Taylor Keeney says the governor’s office is reviewing the families’ concerns. Under a settlement between Virginia and the U.S. Department of Justice, hundreds of profoundly disabled people in Virginia will move from state-run facilities to community care. The parents’ letter says available community placements in many cases don’t offer the same level of care.