Outpatient treatment orders; changes first criterion to include failure to properly take medication. (HB1904)

Introduced By

Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield) with support from co-patron Del. Jeff Frederick (R-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mental health; outpatient treatment orders. Changes the first criterion for outpatient treatment orders to include failure to properly take medication that has been previously prescribed, when such failure will likely cause the person to present an imminent danger to himself or others, or to be so seriously mentally ill as to be substantially unable to care for himself. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/04/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 071970204
01/04/2007Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/16/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB1904)
01/25/2007Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2007Committee substitute printed 077651204-H1
01/25/2007Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/2007Assigned App. sub: Health and Human Resources (Hamilton)
02/04/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB1904H1)


Alison Hymes writes:

What if the failure to take medication is because the medication isn't working? What if the failure to take medication is because of bad side effects? And what does "likely" mean? 5% chance of meeting the commitment standard? 20% chance? Didn't Virginia just last year finally pass a bill requiring clear and convincing evidence as the standard for commitment? So how is this bill not in conflict with that law and with the U.S. Supreme Court decision of 20 odd years ago it was written to comply with? Oh, and whose crystal ball are we going to use to determine who is "likely" to become dangerous to themselves or others?

Alison Hymes writes:

Tabled in second committee.

Alison Hymes writes:

Thank you to everyone who worked to keep this bill from passing!