Eight Years After Va Tech: States Still Underfunding Community Mental Health

FROM MY FILES FRIDAY (4-24-15) Eight years have passed since Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 persons on the Virginia Tech campus before turning a gun on himself.  In an appearance on Anderson Cooper’s 360 show a few days later, I criticized the state’s “imminent danger” involuntary commitment standard and complained about Virginia’s inadequately funded community mental health system. The state has lowered its commitment standard but has stubbornly refused to pour more money into much needed community services. 

The most meaningful way for us to remember and honor those who died that awful day is by adequately funding community mental health care services, something that a report issued by NAMI found is not being done.


From Anderson Cooper 360, CNN – April 20, 2007

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Pete Earley is the bestselling author of such books as The Hot House and Crazy. When he is not spending time with his family, he tours the globe advocating for mental health reform.

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