Assisted outpatient treatment program; established for severely mentally ill. (SB177)

Introduced By

Sen. Henry Marsh (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mental health; assisted outpatient treatment. Establishes a program of assisted outpatient treatment for the severely mentally ill. The bill authorizes assisted outpatient treatment for persons previously hospitalized due to noncompliance with prescribed psychiatric treatment, who would be likely to meet the criteria for inpatient commitment without 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 a magistrate to issue a temporary detention order for an individual who fails to comply with an outpatient treatment order without good cause. 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 »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 072705264
01/07/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2008Assigned Courts sub: Special on Proposed Mental Health Legislation
01/22/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB177)
01/28/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2008Rereferred to Finance
02/05/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB177)
02/13/2008Continued to 2009 in Finance (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)