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The West Virginia Capitol is pictured on Feb. 8 in Charleston.

CHARLESTON — Lawmakers heard testimony Monday from members of the behavioral health community who want to increase the recruitment and retention of providers in the state.

During a presentation to the Joint Committee on Education at the West Virginia Capitol, Cynthia Persily, vice chancellor for health sciences at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, discussed the shortage of behavioral health professionals throughout the state.

Courtney Hessler is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch, primarily covering Marshall University. Follow her on Facebook.com/CHesslerHD and via Twitter @HesslerHD.

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