Changing Minds

Changing Minds

Va. Governor Signs Mental Health Bill

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    A key part of Sen. Creigh Deeds' efforts to fix Virginia's mental health system is now law.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed legislation Monday that extends the length of time allotted for finding a psychiatric bed for those under an emergency custody order from six to 12 hours. And after eight hours of searching, if no private beds can be found, a state hospital will now be required to admit those under an emergency custody order.

    Deeds' son attacked his father before committing suicide at their Bath County home last November.

    The incident occurred after the local community services board said it was unable to locate an available psychiatric bed for Gus Deeds within six hours.

    McAuliffe called the legislation good first steps in improving Virginia's mental health care.