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HENRICO, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A telephone town hall will be focusing on the behavioral and mental health challenges that have been faced during the year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger will be hosting the town hall Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. It will be livestreamed on her website and Facebook page.

Spanberger will be joined by mental health experts such as Lisa Jobe-Shields, the deputy director of Community Services at the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and Dr. Chethan Bachireddy, the chief medical officer at the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services.

“For those struggling with mental health challenges and addiction, the extra isolation, financial uncertainty, and hardship caused by the pandemic have exacerbated many of the difficulties they face. Often, the COVID-19 crisis has made it more difficult to access the necessary help and resources that might otherwise be available,” said Spanberger. “This event will be an opportunity for Central Virginians to learn more about current information and resources available to members of our community, as well as to discuss the American Rescue Plan’s provisions to prioritize these issues and tackle them head on. I look forward to hearing from area experts about the trends they’ve seen here in the Commonwealth and how they believe we can build a stronger, community-focused recovery that supports Virginia individuals and families who need a helping hand during this time.”


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