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.
A Virginia health official said his office opened an investigation into why state Sen. Creigh Deeds’ son was reportedly released from emergency custody the day before he stabbed his father and killed himself.
Religious leaders held an interfaith prayer vigil Monday for Miriam Carey, the woman shot and killed in a car chase near the steps of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.
Expert: People With Mental Illness ‘More Likely To Have Violence Done To Them Than To Inflict Harm On Others’
Experts weigh in on the various issues brought to the forefront of national discourse following mass shootings such as Monday’s attack of the Washington Navy Yard, including gun control, mental health care reform, and the leaps of logic made by an American people prone to reductive thought and easy, sometimes violent solutions.
Lawyers opening their sentencing case for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning are focusing on his mental health and failures within his chain of command.
Blocked by Congress from expanding gun sale background checks, President Barack Obama is turning to actions within his own power to keep people from buying a gun who are prohibited for mental health reasons.
The head of the National Rifle Association says the organization has no problem with tighter background checks of gun purchasers.