34 Dev. Mental Health L. 1 (2015)

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   The Institute of Law, Psychiatry & Public Policy - The University of Virginia

Volume  34, Issue 1                                            April 2015



                              In This  Issue:
I. Mental  Health  Law  and  Services Reforms  in the 2015 Virginia
General  Assembly                                              [p. 1]
II. Feature Article: Mental  Health  Crises and  Hospital Emergency
Departments                                                    [p. 6]
III. Case Law  Developments                                    [p. 17]
      Supreme  Court Round-Up                                  [p. 17]
      Virginia and the Fourth Circuit                          [p. 22]
      Treatment of Mentally Ill Individuals in Custodial Settings  [p. 26]
      Other Cases                                              [p. 29]




I. Mental   Health   Law   and  Services  Reforms in the 2015
Virginia   General   Assembly

The 2015 Virginia General Assembly session included statutory reforms that
supplemented or clarified some of the significant reforms of 2014 regarding the
government's response to individuals in mental health crisis. It also substantially
changed the criteria for psychiatrically hospitalizing children 14 years of age and older
over the minor's objection. The General Assembly approved some of the funding for
outpatient and related services for persons with serious mental illness proposed by
Virginia Governor McAuliffe as part of his Governor's Access Plan (GAP) initiative, and
funding for several community-based mental health services recommended by the
Governor's Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response.
Those actions are nicely summarized in a PowerPoint presentation made by Mr. Joe
Flores, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, at the final
meeting of the Governor's Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis
Response, held on March 23, 2015 (and which can be found here on the Virginia


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