State Mental Health Panel Taking Second Look

June 21, 2007

A Virginia mental health panel set up last year to scrutinize Virginia's mental health system is taking another look at involuntary commitment laws in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings.

Since the tragedy the way the state forces people who show mental instability to get treatment has drawn increased interest. The Supreme Court of Virginia's Commission on Mental Health Law Reform is meeting in Fredricksburg tomorrow.

There they plan to come up with a mental health reform package for the General Assembly. Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho was ordered to receive involuntary outpatient care in 2005 after a judge determined that he was "an imminent danger to himself as a result of mental illness."

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