Virginia lawmakers are promising a top-to-bottom review of the state’s mental health system with the goal of making it a model for the rest of the country.
A host of new Virginia state laws go into effect Tuesday, including new rules that allow hunting on Sundays, a repeal of a tax on hybrid cars and a string of regulations governing emergency treatment for the mentally ill.
Howard County officials are taking steps to improve mental health services following a shooting at the Mall in Columbia in January.
Prior to his Army service, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was “administratively discharged” from the Coast Guard after only 26 days in 2006.
Sen. Creigh Deeds may sue a local community services board over treatment his son received shortly before killing himself last year.
The White House says President Barack Obama and the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars have discussed the shootings at Fort Hood and the challenges posed by veterans with emotional problems and post-traumatic stress.
Authorities could detain a mentally ill individual for up to 24 hours in emergency custody under a bill approved by the Virginia Senate.
Gov. Bob McDonnell has named 37 people to a mental health task force that he established last month.
The initiatives announced Tuesday follow the November death of a Virginia state senator’s son less than one day after he had been released from emergency custody.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is the featured speaker at a national conference in Washington on courts that stress treatment over punishment for law-breaking vets.