Mental health; mandatory outpatient treatment program in certain jurisdictions. (SB18)

Introduced By

Sen. Henry Marsh (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mental health; mandatory outpatient treatment. Establishes a program of mandatory outpatient treatment in those jurisdictions served by a community services board that the Commissioner designates as having adequate and appropriate resources for the provision of mandatory outpatient treatment. The bill authorizes mandatory outpatient treatment only for persons previously hospitalized due to noncompliance with prescribed psychiatric treatment. The bill requires that a specific written treatment plan be prepared by the community services board that gives consideration to the treatment preferences of the individual and explicitly bars the forcible administration of medication. The bill also authorizes law-enforcement personnel to transport the individual to a treatment facility for persuasion and evaluation by a treatment provider only when the individual has substantially failed to comply with the treatment plan without good cause, and only for a three-hour period, including transportation time. The bill limits the duration of the court order to 180 days or less, and provides the person with procedural protections, including the right to an adversary hearing, the right to counsel, the right to an appeal, and the right to a jury trial on appeal. Read the Bill »


01/19/2006: Failed to Pass in Committee


12/12/2005Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 062307756
12/12/2005Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/19/2006Continued to 2007 in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)