McAuliffe signs Va. mental health reform bill

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials are celebrating the signing of a mental health reform bill.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe ceremonially signed the bill on Monday at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

WVIR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/QRB9OF) that McAuliffe was joined by state Sen. Creigh (KREE) Deeds.

Deeds was attacked with a knife in November by his 24-year-old son Austin "Gus" Deeds, who then committed suicide.

Gus Deeds had been released from an expired emergency custody order 13 hours before the attack.

The new laws will create a real-time psychiatric bed registry and extend the current emergency custody window from six to 12 hours. It also guarantees treatment at a state facility within eight hours.

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Information from: WVIR-TV, http://www.nbc29.com/

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