Deeds Files Bills Aimed at Mental Health Care Improvement
Senator Creigh Deeds
There are new details involving the fight for better mental health care standards in Virginia.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Senator Creigh Deeds filed three bills on Friday aimed directly at gaps in the system that may have led to his family tragedy. The filings come two months after Deeds was stabbed by his own son, who then killed himself just hours after being released from emergency custody for a mental evaluation.
The proposed legislation would extend the time for an emergency custody order (ECO), require a review of the training of those that perform mental evaluations for ECOs, and create a psychiatric bed registry that was supposed to be put into place two years go.
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