Some in the mental health field say it is not uncommon for a person suffering from mental illness to be turned away from treatment.
National Alliance for Mental Illness Virginia Director Mira Signer says it happens more often than people think. The state Inspector General found that during a three-month case study alone, 72 Virginians who should have been detained were denied needed care.
One in five Virginia children and youth suffer from mental disorders—and in about half of those cases, it's so severe that it's disruptive to the home and school life.
And while incidents like Sandy Hook and the Virginia Tech shootings have brought more attention to the issue, parents of children with these disorders say it should NOT take another tragedy for government officials to finally respond to their calls for additional help.