Op-Ed: Pennywise and Pound Foolish with Loudoun’s Mental Health Budget

Virginia has struggled for years to address the prevalence of mental illness among its population. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1.1 to 1.5 million Virginians suffer from mental illness and as many as 300,000 have a serious mental illness. Yet Virginia’s mental health system has the capacity to provide services to only 19 percent of adults who live with serious mental illness.

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