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Mental Illness Treatment for Children Gets Boost in Stafford Budget

By Potomac Local News March 14, 2014 12:00 pm

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STAFFORD, Va. – Funds to treat mental illness in children would get a boost under the proposed Stafford County budget for FY2015.

The county is set to hand over nearly $41,000 more than it did a year ago to the Rappahannock Community Services Board (RCSB) to treat children with mental illness. Officials said the number of youths being treated by the intergovernmental agency is on the rise.

The RCSB would receive $291,000 under in the new budget year beginning July 1. The money would go to fund additional resources at an RCSB campus in Stafford and in Fredericksburg, which treats cases from south Stafford County.

“We want to keep that kind of treatment in our county, if we can,” said Stafford spokeswoman Shannon Howell.

The RCSB provided PotomacLocal.com with these numbers that show how many children are aided by the organization.

In FY 2012 (July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012), the RCSB Stafford County Clinic saw 311 children in outpatient services. In FY 2013 (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013), that number increased to 364. So far in FY 2014 (July 1, 2013 through February 28, 2014), 335 children/adolescents from Stafford County have been seen for outpatient services at RACSB.

Hospice Support Care and the Rappahannock Area Council for Children and Parents are two organizations that are no longer functioning, and those agencies received some of the $1.7 million Stafford gave to its community partner agencies last year. With those agencies now defunct, more monies could be allotted to the RCSB.

According to the RCSB’s application to Stafford County for FY2015 funding, the agency served 7,733 mental health patients last year. Of those, a total of 2,218 cases originated in Stafford County.

The RCSB is the main entry point to the publically-funded mental health system in Stafford County, Fredericksburg, and the remainder of counties in Virginia’s 16th planning district.

The Stafford County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to have a work session on Tuesday to review the $261.4 million budget proposed by County Administrator Anthony Romanello. The Board is expected to approve a final budget in April.

 

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