Sunday, August 7, 2022

City seeks feedback on funding for mental health, substance abuse services

The city of Virginia Beach is asking for public feedback on a state contract that allocates more than $56 million for mental health and substance abuse services for city residents.

The funding, which is $150,000 more than last year, would serve an estimated 13,830 city residents. Services include out-patient care, rehabilitation, consumer-monitoring and more, according to the agreement summary. The contract allots $12.5 million for highly intensive residential care, $7 million for rehabilitation and $8.5 million for case-management services.

Each community services board that contracts with the state must provide the contract to the public for comment. Allowing residents to see the breakdown of the contract promotes “knowledge, advocacy and get’s them plugged into the budget,” Adam Zubowsky of the city’s communications office said in a phone interview.

The 2017 state agreement likely will be added to the City Council’s Sept. 8 agenda, a press release stated.

The performance contract draft can by viewed until Aug. 6 online and at the following locations:

  • Virginia Beach Department of Human Services – Administrative Offices, 3432 Virginia Beach Blvd., (757) 385-0689

  • Virginia Beach Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., (757) 385-0150

  • Office of the City Clerk, Municipal Center, Building 1, 2401 Courthouse Dr., Suite 281, (757) 385-4303

  • Citizen Services Office, 2508 Princess Anne Road, (757) 385-3111
Written comments can be sent to Dawn Rykheart of the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services, Administrative Offices, 3432 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23452.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story stated inaccurate figures for case rehabilitation and  case management service funding.

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