Virginia is moving closer to implementing changes to its mental health system under legislation that has advanced in the General Assembly.
The state Senate approved two bills to help clarify how long a person can be held for treatment under a temporary detention order … and to prevent someone who’s thought to be a danger to himself or others from possessing a gun.
Critics of current law argue that it doesn’t authorize enough time to diagnose and begin treating temporarily detained patients in crisis.
The certification of the election of former Delegate Lynwood Lewis to the Virginia Senate ultimately gives Democrats control over that chamber.
Although its partisan split is now 20-20, Democratic Lt. Governor Ralph Northam presides over the Senate, giving his caucus the tie-breaking vote to pass whatever rules it chooses. Today's order of business was all about Democrats subtly making a statement about control.
House of Delegates GOP leaders have announced that they will not vote to expand Medicaid—if at all—until after a comprehensive, outside audit of the state’s program is conducted.
They say they want to find out why Medicaid has become the most expensive item in the General Fund budget … and why 30 percent of the Commonwealth’s healthcare spending goes to waste, fraud, and inefficiencies. They believe it’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity to find out what’s wrong with Medicaid and fix what’s broken.