Mental Health

Emergency Responsiveness

Support sufficient state funding for those county residents who need acute care services within local hospitals or within our local crisis stabilization programs. (Revises and reaffirms previous position.)

While the Commonwealth provides some funding for emergency responsiveness, this funding does not reflect increased costs over time.  As a result, the costs of treating this critical population are increasingly shifted to localities.

Regional Older Adult Facilities Mental Health Support Team (RAFT)

Support increased state funding for the Regional Older Adult Facilities Mental Health Support Team (RAFT) Program. (Revises and reaffirms previous position.) 

The Regional Older Adult Facilities Mental Health Support Team (RAFT) provides intensive geriatric mental health support to partnering Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities to serve older adults with serious mental illnesses in Northern Virginia.  Today, this program provides a stable environment for mentally fragile older adults, and is not yet available statewide.  Positive results are now being documented, at lower costs than alternatives without these services.  Currently, four Fairfax County residents are benefiting from the RAFT program.

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