Virginia rolling out new mental health transportation services

Published: Sep. 23, 2019 at 8:02 PM EDT
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The state is rolling out new transportation services for people who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

Monday afternoon, the

gave lawmakers a first look at new alternative transportation vehicles that will go into service soon.

Currently most people who are transported to in-patient treatment travel in law enforcement vehicles, and may be handcuffed even though most have committed no crime.

The new transportation service will have unarmed, specially-trained drivers in secure, unmarked vehicles.

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