By: Ryan Nobles
Virginia is spending too much money in the wrong places when it comes to mental health care- that is one of the major findings from a long awaited report by Virginia's Inspector General.
At its core, the tragic situation that left Creigh Deeds seriously injured and his son dead was the byproduct of access. Gus Deeds couldn't get the care he needed at the time he needed it the most.
He isn't alone. Experts like social worker Kristin Yavorsky from Virginia Supportive Housing argue the system is to blame.
"You get what you pay for and for decades Virginia has not invested in community based health services, said Yavorsky.
A lengthy report by IG Michael Morehart agrees. It found that Virginia is keeping too many patients in hospital beds, when they could be taking advantage of community based health services. It could offer a savings of as much as 12% and freeing up those beds for people in severe need like Gus Deeds.
The reports specifically found 161 patients still admitted to a hospital that could've transitioned to long term care in the community based system.
And money being spent in the wrong way is only part of the problem. The IG's report also said that the state doesn't even have the controls necessary to move the funds where they are needed.
That is only a small part of the in depth 65 page report.
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