September 14, 2007
The state has received more than $400,000 in federal funds to boost mental health services in the Blacksburg area.
The state Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says there's been an increased demand for counseling and emergency mental health services since the campus shootings in April that left 33 people dead.
The state mental health commissioner, Dr. James Reinhard, said in a statement that the grant money will help provide information, outreach and crisis counseling to many through New River Valley Community Services.
The agency will coordinate with community providers and Virginia Tech's Cook Counseling Center, which is not a state-regulated office.