Virginia Mental Health Task Force Makes 2 Proposals

Jan. 29, 2014

A mental health task force in Virginia is proposing a wider window to ensure that people who are a threat to themselves or others can get the help they need.

The Governor's Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response also voted to support a 72-hour limit on temporary detention orders, which are currently capped at 48-hours.

The task force was created after State Senator Creigh Deeds's mentally ill son attacked him, and then killed himself.

Sen. Deeds is now pushing for more time to find beds during emergency custody orders (ECO).

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