Gubernatorial Candidates Debate Mental Health-Care

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Ken Cuccinelli “proposed giving incentives to nursing schools to graduate more mental-health nurse practitioners in order to address a shortage of mental health-care practitioners,” at a forum for mental-health advocates, reports The Washington Post.

Cuccinelli’s democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe states that expanding Medicaid is another approach to address the mental-health issue.

McAuliffe explains, “All of this takes money. The Medicaid expansion money allows us to do what we need to do to take Virginia to the next level on issues of mental illness.”

Voters agree with certain points of both of the candidates varying positions on the subject.

The article reports that the mother of an 11-year old with bipolar disorder expressed that she “favors the Medicaid expansion that McAuliffe supports but also liked Cuccinelli’s suggestion to deliver some mental health services through schools.”

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