State budget would include $1M mental health funding for sheriff’s office


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — It is an unlikely provider of mental health services, but the Virginia Beach Correctional Center is the largest in Virginia.

Now it may be getting some much sought after help from Richmond. 

The General Assembly has approved $1 million for a new program to improve mental health treatment at the jail. The funding is part of the state’s 2019-2020 state budget, which is pending approval from Gov. Ralph Northam.

Sheriff Ken Stolle says the money will provide 12 positions address mental illness or substance abuse disorders.

Stolle told 10 On Your Side’s Tom Schaad during a special report last year that the jail had reached the breaking point for providing these services.

He also says Governor Northam has promised to sign the amendment, which secures the money.

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