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.
It’s five times more expensive to care for people with mental illness in a hospital than in the community, so it makes financial sense that the governor’s proposed budget contains more money for a model mental health program designed to keep people out of hospitals.
When individuals or families face a mental health crisis in and around Charlottesville, help is just a phone call away. Region Ten’s Emergency Services are available 24/7. Patients with serious depression, schizophrenia and other mental illness are welcomed at the community mental health center