One of Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposed health cuts includes a plan to close the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents in Staunton.
McDonnell also wants to sell the land where the center sits.
Parents have been fighting for a year to keep the center open and the announcement came as a major disappointment to some.
Ten-year-old Gabe Wright has been getting treatment at the center for years. He says he's disappointed that, despite his mom's hard work, the doors are closing.
"Everybody's doing really good, so I think they would probably need to keep that going for more kids," says Gabe.
"It's similar to the fire department. If the state closes them, it doesn't change the need for them, it just transfers who's going to be responsible for them," says Gabe's mother Julie.
Gabe is on several medicines and has been hospitalized at the CCCA as recently as January. His mom now has few options if he becomes ill again.
"If there's an emergency again at 2 a.m., I don't have an answer. Commonwealth has been the answer," says Julie.
She and other parents weren't alone in their struggle to keep the CCCA open. Several local lawmakers made it their mission as well.
"On the economics side, it's 100 jobs and it would be hard for the Staunton community to absorb 100 jobs right now," says Del. Dickie Bell, who represents Staunton.
He says he gets the sense that no one wants to put off once again buying textbooks to find funding for the center. He also says there's heavy competition for other sources like the pre-K budget.
"Unfortunately, everybody's targeted with that. Everyone who has come up with a revenue source has sort of targeted that," says Bell.
There have been highs and lows for the center since December 2008. That's when then-Gov. Tim Kaine first announced the center would close in June 2009.
The next month, local lawmakers vowed to keep it open and discussed several options to find funds in the General Assembly session.
In March 2009, state lawmakers approved funding to keep the center open. Then in December, Kaine once again called for the center to be closed in his final budget plan.
On Wednesday, McDonnell's budget plan also included a plan to close the center.