Tragedy Involving Deeds Family Speeds Timetable For New Registry

Tragedy Involving Deeds Family Speeds Timetable For New Registry

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The recent death of an area lawmaker’s son has accelerated the timetable for a new psychiatric bed registry. A state agency has a March 1st deadline to begin an online listing of psychiatric beds at public and private hospitals. Governor McDonnell (pictured) says mental health experts want more attention for people in the 16 to 24 age range. John Pezzoli of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health says the state was working on an online registry before the late Gus Deeds stabbed his father at the home they shared in Bath County. Pezzoli has told the Richmond Times-Dispatch the November 19th attack on State Senator Creigh Deeds has made his agency work faster. A community service board in the Lexington area sent the younger Deeds back home after it could not find a psychiatric bed for him in a private facility. Pezzoli is a past chairman of the Charlottesville School Board.

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