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Governor Signs Mental Health Reform Bill

Governor Signs Mental Health Reform Bill

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A key element of State Senator Creigh Deeds’ campaign to fix Virginia’s mental health system has been signed into law.  Governor McAuliffe has approved legislation that will give authorities twelve hours instead of six to find a psychiatric bed for someone under an emergency custody order. If no private beds can be found after eight hours, a state hospital will now be required to admit those under an emergency custody order. McAuliffe says the legislation is a good first step in improving Virginia’s mental health care. Senator Deeds (pictured left, during a prior campaign cycle) pushed for the changes. His son, the late Gus Deeds, attacked him at their Bath County home last November.

 

 

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