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A new report released by Voices for Virginia's Children says the dearth of mental health services for children in their communities often results in costly stays in psychiatric facilities or incarceration.

The report indicates this means more children end up in the state's troubled residential facilities or in the juvenile justice system.

Margaret Nimmo Crowe is a senior policy analyst with the group. She says it's easy to assume that the comparatively wealthy area of Northern Virginia is immune to these problems.

"And in some areas that's true, but because the population is so large and so diverse in Northern Virginia, there are the same problems there that there are in other places," she says.

Crowe says one of the biggest challenges in Northern Virginia is providing services in a variety of languages, and making sure children of every ethnicity have access to those services.

Voices of Virginia's Children Report on Children's Mental Health Services
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