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State legislators reach compromise on mental health

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By Landmark News Service

RICHMOND — Virginia lawmakers have reached a compromise on reforming mental health policies that satisfies the state senator whose personal tragedy inspired this round of revision to state psychiatric protocols.
The negotiated deal extends emergency custody orders to 12 hours — the current maximum is six-hours — and requires state hospitals to take patients after eight hours if another bed isn’t found, Sen. Creigh Deeds said.
Deeds hopes that means people in psychiatric crisis will no longer be discharged, or streeted, when they need treatment.


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