Involuntary commitment order; detainee may petition court to transfer to outpatient treatment. (SB274)

Introduced By

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-Fairfax) with support from co-patrons Del. Chuck Caputo (D-Oak Hill), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), and Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Involuntary commitment; transfer to outpatient treatment. Provides that the director of any facility in which a person subject to an involuntary commitment order is detained may petition the judge or special justice to order the person transferred to involuntary outpatient treatment if the director concludes that the person satisfies the criteria for outpatient treatment and that the person's mental illness would be more effectively treated in such an environment. Any petition for such a transfer must be accompanied by an affidavit from a psychiatrist or psychologist stating that he had personally examined the committed person within the five days preceding the filing of the petition and that he recommends the person be transferred to outpatient treatment. Upon receipt of a petition to transfer, the court judge or special justice shall proceed to hold a commitment hearing within 10 days. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 087991216
01/08/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2008Assigned Courts sub: Special on Proposed Mental Health Legislation
01/24/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB274)
01/28/2008Continued to 2009 in Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)