RICHMOND, Va. -

Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe says fixing Virginia's mental health system will be a priority when he takes office in January.

The issue has been in the public eye since mid-November when Gus Deeds injured his father State Senator Creigh Deeds and then killed himself.

Because Gus Deeds was released from emergency custody the day before the attack, the case has raised questions about the actions of mental health professionals, the adequacy of state procedures and the availability of appropriate psychiatric care.

Speaking Wednesday during an annual event organized by the Associated Press, McAuliffe said it's clear the system didn't work, and he told reporters he has been talking with Governor Bob McDonnell.

"He and I are very much in sync with what we need to do in mental health," McAuliffe said during the news conference.  "It is going to need more money. Absolutely.  I support that.  I've talked to Secretary Hazel about the issues as well. But obviously it didn't work and we need to fix it."

McAuliffe said he will wait for the recommendations from his own task force, and the results of two state investigations before deciding what must be done.

We should get a look at some of Governor McDonnell's proposals when he previews his budget for state lawmakers later this month.