SB663 (Senate Bill 663) sponsored by Senator Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) provides for a two year pilot program to offer mental health services on the campuses of four of Virginia’s community colleges. The legislation was modeled on Access Hope’s program at Northern Virginia Community College, the first and only such program providing mental health services on the campus of a community college in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The proposed legislation was introduced in the Virginia Senate’s Education and Health Committee. It was voted out of the Education and Health Committee and sent to the Finance Committee.
Pat Lunt, PhD, Executive Director of Access Hope, and other friends of Access Hope and advocates for mental health services to underserved populations, testified at both Committee hearings. The bill was eventually held over by a sub-committee of the Finance Committee for consideration in the next session, at which time the effort to provide critical mental health care on Virginia’s community college campuses will continue.