Involuntary temporary detention; issuance and execution of order. (SB780)

Introduced By

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Involuntary temporary detention; issuance and execution of order. Modifies one element of the legal standard for involuntary commitment by changing the requirement that individuals present an "imminent danger" to a requirement that individuals present a "significant risk." Emphasizes criteria required for involuntary commitment as found in prior records of treatment and noncompliance with treatment, and demonstrated in reports of witnesses, family members, physicians, or mental health professionals. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/22/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 060445720
12/22/2006Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2007Assigned Courts sub: Involuntary Commitment
01/16/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB780)


Alison Hymes writes:

What does "significant" mean? How is is quantified? This language is so vague that many more people than need to be are going to be deprived of their liberty and traumatized by being handcuffed and dragged away in public without committing any crime. Significant could mean anything from a 10% chnace to 100% chance depending on the beliefs and attitude of the person making the decision. Just what we need, MORE inconsistency across the state and even within counties in who gets TDO'd.