Inmates; emergency psychiatric treatment. (HB1237)

Introduced By

Del. Dwight Jones (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mentally ill defendants; treatment and hospitalization. Establishes a new standard for hospitalizing mentally ill criminal defendants. Hospitalization may occur when the defendant has a mental illness and there exists a substantial likelihood that, as a result of that mental illness, the defendant will, in the near future, cause serious physical harm to himself or others as evidenced by recent behavior causing, attempting, or threatening harm. Under current law the standard is "imminently dangerous to himself or others." The provision applies to pretrial, after conviction but before sentencing, and after sentencing. The bill specifies that the evaluation must be done face-to-face by an employee of the community services board or its designee who is skilled in the assessment and treatment of mental illness and has completed a certification program approved by the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services. Read the Bill »


01/25/2008: Merged into HB559


01/09/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 084760820
01/09/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2008Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
01/16/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB1237)
01/25/2008Incorporated by Courts of Justice (HB559-Bell)