This has been an exciting time of year as we've engaged with our community partners to participate in conversations around legislation that impacts our children and families. At the Virginia General Assembly, the Villa joined other nonprofits at Mental Health Advocacy Days and Housing Advocacy Day. Many thanks to hosting organizations Voices for Virginia's Children, NAMI Virginia, Mental Health America of Virginia, VOCAL, and Virginia Housing Alliance.
Last month, Villa CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett and Director of Community Partnerships Craig Hedley had the opportunity to speak in support of children's mental health services at a state budget hearing. The hearing was held by the House Appropriations and the Senate Finance committees of the Virginia General Assembly.