Mental health courts; establishment of pilot program, report. (SB18)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patron Del. Al Eisenberg (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mental health courts; pilot program. Directs the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court to establish by January 1, 2009, no less than two and no more than five mental health courts in Virginia for nonviolent offenders with serious mental illnesses. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/12/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 087975228
12/12/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2008Assigned Courts sub: Special on Proposed Mental Health Legislation
01/28/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB18)
01/28/2008Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2008Rereferred to Finance
02/13/2008Continued to 2009 in Finance (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Alison Hymes writes:

This is forced treatment by another name and it is segregation, placing people with psychiatric histories in separate courts with separate rules. Separate is not equal.