Creigh Deeds to push for mental health reform after stabbing
(WJLA) - Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds says that overhauling and fixing the state's mental health system is now his life's work after he says it failed his son, Gus, who shot and killed himself last week.
Austin "Gus" Deeds, 24, was released from an emergency custody order that evaluated his mental health on Nov. 18; less than a day later, he stabbed his father multiple times at their Bath County home before shooting himself.
"I will work for a change," Deeds said, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "I owe that to my precious son."
Deeds was stabbed multiple times by his son on Nov. 19 and was released from a Charlottesville hospital several days later. He's now turning his attention to the Rockbridge Area Community Services Board, whom he says released his son from emergency custody because they couldn't find him a spot in a psychiatric facility for further treatment.
The Times-Dispatch says that, by law, Virginia agencies can only hold psychiatric patients for 6 hours.
"My life's work now is to make sure other families don't have to go through what we are living," Deeds told The Recorder.