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Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed $38 million for spending on mental health over the next two years. He says mental health is a fine system in Virginia, but there can be improvements.
Mental health is "one of those areas where you have to be as close to 100 percent as possible," McDonnell says.
McDonnell says with mental health, the focus is on crisis prevention -- especially with teens and adolescents.
Gov. McDonnell says he spoke with Sen. Creigh Deeds recently and got this thoughts about the proposed mental health updates.
Gov. McDonnell says he called Creigh Deeds not only to get his thoughts on the proposed mental health changes, but also to see how he was doing and coping after the death of his son.
McDonnell says he does not know when a decision will be made about the FBI's HQ location.
McDonnell says the resources for transportation improvements are largely there.
The transportation project McDonnell says he thinks should get the highest priority: Interstate 66.
Gov. McDonnell says he wants to encourage more students to go to colleges and universities inside the commonwealth.
In the foster care initiative, 977 out of 1,000 foster care children have homes.
"In four years you can only take on so many things," McDonnell says of some of the things he would have liked to get done. He says he feels like he is handing things over in good condition.
He says he feels like improvements could have been made in the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. "The government should be doing important things... and selling Jack Daniels isn't one of them."
Governors should be able to run to reelection in Virginia, McDonnell says.