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Senator Barnes Thanks Gov. Bryan For Extending Mental Health State of Emergency

CHRISTIANSTED – St. Croix Senator Alicia Barnes issued the following statement commending Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. for Executive Order No. 486-2019 issued on Tuesday.

The executive order extended the mental health state of emergency in the U.S. Virgin Islands due to a shortage of psychiatric physicians and behavioral health providers.

“I commend the Governor on his recent action which extended the Mental Health State of Emergency,” Senator Barnes said. “This action will facilitate the expedited hiring of mental health professionals by streamlining the personnel process bringing much needed relief to our residents who are suffering from behavioral health issues.

Although there is still more work to be done, Barnes said she and her staff are ready to help.

“I look forward to working with Governor Bryan and my colleagues in the 33rd Legislature for the implementation of short and long term solutions to remedy the longstanding mental health crisis plaguing our community,” Barnes said.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

1 Comment

  1. Tom Cruzan
    February 21, 2019 at 11:22 PM — Reply

    People on St Croix don’t care about skilled professionals. The only important factor is who you know or who your related to. Look at JFL for example the ceo, cfo, and coo are not qualified. Not even close.

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