Tag: commonwealth center for children and adolescents

Chris Graham: Breakfast is overrated, anyway

   Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Leave it to people who call themselves conservatives to in one breath put school breakfast and lunch programs in the “not government’s responsibility” category and in the next bemoan the transfer responsibility from the public sector to the private the operation of a facility that happens to be in […]


Save the CCCA – for the kids

   Column by David Cox Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net God forbid, next winter I slip on the ice, bang my head, and sustain major injury. Our rescue squad right away gets me to Stonewall Jackson Hospital which provides immediate initial care. But the damage is too great for SJH to handle. They transfer me ASAP […]


Saving Gabe, Part II

Julie Irvine has been fighting for the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents for the past several weeks. Now she’s facing another fight. “I have no insurance at the end of the month,” said Irvine, whose 9-year-old son, Gabe, has been in and out of hospitals dating back to last summer for treatment for depression […]


The future of the CCCA

The future of the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents is still up in the air. We want to know what you think about the proposed closing of the Center. Join AFP editor Chris Graham in a community discussion here in Sound Off! to share your thoughts about the CCCA issue. You can also share […]


Governor playing politics with CCCA closing?

What if I was wrong about Gov. Tim Kaine being wrong on the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents issue? A friend asked me to consider this today, and I find what he had to say quite intriguing. Consider that the governor might be playing some politics with a certain member of the House of […]


Advisory committee to meet at CCCA Tuesday

An advisory committee with a narrow focus of providing advice regarding the proposed closing of the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents in Staunton will hold its first meeting on Tuesday.


Budget amendment tied to CCCA gains support in House

One part of Staunton State Del. Chris Saxman’s proposal to prevent the closure of the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents is moving ahead gaining support in the Virginia General Assembly.


Saxman offers proposal to keep CCCA open

State Del. Chris Saxman has a plan for keeping the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents open. “The Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents serves a critical role for children and families in the Commonwealth, and that is why we are doing everything we can to see that this resource remains open” said Saxman, who […]


Rick Gibson | Moving the CCCA?

Yesterday, Del. Chris Saxman (R-20th) said that he’s crunched the numbers and found the $6 million needed to keep the CCCA hospital afloat. Interesting, however, were the further remarks from Saxman, who stated that “saving the CCCA will require sacrifice. He went on to say, “To a person at that facility, it’s not about their […]


Rick Gibson | The other side of the story on privatizing psychiatric services

I’ve just read Leonard Gilroy’s Dec. 31, 2008 story concerning Virginia Gov. Kaine’s proposal to close The Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents. I feel that he has reported on only one side of this controversial story. There is much more to it. I, for one, believe that equal time should have been given to the […]


Is there a plan post-Commonwealth Center? Of course there isn’t

The state is closing the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents as part of a strategy to shift mental-health care for children to the private sector and local community services boards. OK. Except that the closing is the result of the state budget shortfall. Got it. I think we have our real motivation right there.


Staunton moving forward with $20M project at WSH site

Some bad news in the short term for Staunton came out of the governor’s budget message to the Virginia General Assembly today. And then there was the good news. “The construction of the new Western State Hospital and development of the existing hospital property come as great news for Staunton,” said city manager Steve Owen, […]