Va. mental health task force issues 2 proposals

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A task force created after a state senator's mentally ill son attacked him is proposing a wider window to ensure that people who are a threat to themselves or others can get the emergency psychiatric care they need.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/MfKPjr) reports that the Governor's Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response also voted Tuesday to back a 72-hour limit on temporary detention orders.

The orders to hold someone in a psychiatric crisis are now capped at 48 hours.

The 37-member task force was created by then-Gov. Bob McDonnell after Sen. R. Creigh (KREE) Deeds was stabbed by his son, Austin "Gus" Deeds, on Aug. 19 at the family's remote homestead in Bath County. The younger Deeds killed himself after he attacked his father, who survived.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

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