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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to sign new mental health bill into law

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe will be joined by Sen. Creigh Deeds when he officially signs Senate Bill 260 into law at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. on Monday.

The law, which was signed earlier this month after extensive lobbying by Deeds, who was stabbed by his son last November, will extend the length of an emergency custody of mentally ill patients from four hours to as much as six to eight hours. The law also adds the option of a four-hour extension.

Under SB260, mental health care workers will also have more time to locate beds for patients.

McAuliffe will sign SB260 at 1:30 p.m. at the University of Virginia Medical Center. The new law goes into effect on July 1.

 

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