Privatization Can Transform the Delivery of State Psychiatric Services

source: By Leonard C. Gilroy, AICP, Reason Foundation, December 29, 2008

Governor Kaine’s newly-unveiled package of budget cuts includes proposals that may foster a paradigm shift in how the Commonwealth delivers mental health services. Calling Virginia a “dinosaur,” Gov. Kaine noted how other states have embraced the advice of many in the mental health profession by transitioning most psychiatric patients out of state institutions and into community-based care centers closer to family members and social and economic opportunities.