Loudoun County news in brief

December 18, 2013
Loudoun receives $639,000 pediatric mental-health grant

Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services has announced that a community grant of nearly $639,000 to help improve mental health services and support for children has been awarded to the Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services.

The grant is part of Virginia’s System of Care Expansion Implementation Grant, which is awarded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration through the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

Joe Wilson, director of Loudoun’s mental health department, said the county intends to use the funding to continue developing and implementing its “Wraparound Loudoun” initiative, a program that provides comprehensive, coordinated care to children and youth who are working through mental health challenges.

Families will receive support through a network of independent, nonprofit family support organizations, Loudoun officials said in a statement.

Leesburg dedicates 108 trees as part of Civil War project

As part of a landscaping plan in conjunction with Leesburg’s South King Street widening project, 108 newly planted trees will be geo-tagged as part of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s Living Legacy Project, Leesburg officials said in a statement.

This project was created to commemorate the Civil War sesquicentennial by planting or dedicating one tree for each of the 620,000 soldiers who died in the war. Trees planted as part of the project will eventually stretch along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway, a 180-mile swath that runs from Gettysburg, Pa., to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville.

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership is working to raise money to complete the $65 million initiative. The partnership is seeking $100 contributions to support and plant each tree. Donors may select a soldier to honor; the trees will be geo-tagged to allow smartphone users to learn the story of the soldier. For information, go to www.hallowedground.org.

Survey of county fire services could lower insurance costs

Insurance Services Office has completed the first countywide survey of Loudoun County’s fire suppression services and has assigned new classifications, effective Nov. 1, that could potentially reduce residential and commercial property insurance rates for properties within five miles of a fire station, county fire officials said.

Insurance Services Office Public Protection Classification Program plays a role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. Use of the program is voluntary, but most insurers in the United States consult the program’s information as part o decision-making process when the companies evaluate risk, coverage levels and pricing for personal or commercial property insurance.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson

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