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 people."
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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