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Va. Proposal Puts Mental Health Safety Net for Children on Chopping Block

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Many private institutions do not admit and treat seriously troubled children. There are 224 beds available in private facilities across the state, including about 100 in Northern Virginia, for mentally ill adolescents. But many will not accept court referrals because they lack adequate security to care for potentially violent patients.
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