Senator Favola proposes Safety Net for those needing mental health treatment.
Richmond, Virginia -- January 22, 2014 -- Senator Favola has proposed Senate Bill 370, which provides a safety net for individuals suffering from mental illnesses. When an individual is evaluated under an emergency protection order and a determination is made that a temporary detention order (TDO) is needed, Senator Favola’s bill ensures that a psychiatric bed will be available. This is filling an important hole in the mental health safety net.
Senator Favola said “Ensuring the availability of a psychiatric bed is crucial to providing much needed care. I am very hopeful that the General Assembly will pass this legislation.”
Under the current system, if a bed is not available a judge will not issue a TDO even if the individual needs a more comprehensive evaluation and a treatment plan. Senator Deeds and lawmakers across the aisle are expected to co-patron this bill.