Involuntary commitment; criteria for determining outpatient treatment. (SB106)

Introduced By

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Involuntary commitment criteria; outpatient treatment. Changes the criteria for determining when outpatient treatment may be ordered for a person whose involuntary commitment is sought. The new criteria would be that the person has a mental illness and, as a result of that mental illness, (i) there is a substantial likelihood that in the near future he will cause serious physical harm to himself or another person as evidenced by recent behavior causing, attempting, or threatening such harm, (ii) there is a substantial likelihood that in the near future he will suffer serious harm due to substantial deterioration of his capacity to protect himself from such harm or to provide for his basic human needs, or (iii) he is unable to comprehend the nature of his illness or the need for treatment, is experiencing a substantial impairment of his judgment, reasoning, or behavior, and will, if not treated, suffer or continue to suffer a substantial deterioration in his previous ability to function in the community. Currently, the criteria for involuntarily committing a person to inpatient or outpatient treatment is the same. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/03/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 087987216
01/03/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2008Assigned Courts sub: Special on Proposed Mental Health Legislation
01/28/2008Passed by in Courts of Justice with letter (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB106)
01/29/2008Subject matter referred to Commission on Mental Health Law Reform pursuant to Senate Rule 20 (L)