GA Unanimously Passes Sen. Deeds’ Mental Health Bill
RICHMOND (WRIC)—The Virginia General
Assembly has unanimously passed a bill introduced by Senator
Creigh Deeds that extends the time a person may be held in emergency
custody to 24 hours.
Currently, a person may be held for
up to four hours, with an additional two-hour extension in the event that a
magistrate finds good cause.
Mental health reform is something
the senator promised to focus on after the tragic attack involving his son back
in November. His bill is taking one more step toward marking changes he hopes
will prevent future tragedies.
"I'm determined that Gus not be
remembered for his illness or what ended his life; that's nothing," Deeds said.
"He was such a good boy. A good man, he had a good heart, he loved, he loved
Deeds' son, Gus, attacked him with a
knife before going on to take his own life. It happened less than one day after
the 24-year-old underwent a mental health evaluation, but was ultimately
released from an emergency custody order because a psychiatric bed reportedly
couldn't be found.
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