Virginians with mental illness are a step closer to having more options for care under a bill passed by the House of Delegates.
Members voted 97-to-zero in favor of Albemarle County Delegate Rob Bell's bill. The measure allows the mentally ill to provide information when they're well about how they want to be cared for when they're not.
58th District Delegate Rob Bell (R) explained, "They understand there are times they need to be brought in for care, even if they say they don't want it, they have to be brought in for their own safety. They say 'gosh, even in those times we'd like to have some input into what happens to us.'"
University of Virginia Professor Richard Bonnie helped develop the language in the bill. The bill now heads to the state senate. If it passes there, it will head to Governor Kaine's desk for approval.