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Va law enforcement gets funding for training

By Julie Newman, jnewman@wcyb.com
Published On: Jul 31 2013 09:41:21 PM CDT

Virginia law enforcement officers will soon be better prepared to respond to emergency situations involving people with mental illness.
The Commonwealth is spending about 3.5-million dollars of its share of a national Medicaid fraud settlement on the training.
About 800-thousand will go to training conducted by The State Department of Criminal Justice Services.
The other 2.7-million will go to 19 local agencies.
The money comes from a 115-million dollar settlement for leading the investigation against Abbot Laboratories last year.
This training is the first project approved.