Psychiatric Inpatient Treatment of Minors Act; mandatory outpatient treatment; etc. (SB1122)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Psychiatric Inpatient Treatment of Minors Act; outpatient treatment; etc.  Provides that a person who meets the criteria for involuntary commitment under the Psychiatric Inpatient Treatment of Minors Act may be ordered to mandatory outpatient treatment if less restrictive alternatives to involuntary inpatient treatment are appropriate and are available and the minor and his parents have the capacity to understand the stipulations of the minor's treatment and to comply with such outpatient treatment and that they have agreed to abide by the treatment plan. The bill also sets forth how such mandatory outpatient treatment will be monitored and how a minor's noncompliance with such treatment will be addressed. The bill also clarifies that the commitment criteria for minors, and not the criteria for adults, apply when the emergency admission of a minor is sought under the procedures for the emergency admission of an adult set forth in Article 4 ( 37.2-808 et seq.) of Chapter 8 of Title 37.2. The bill also provides that a minor who has been properly detained by a juvenile and domestic relations court may petition for voluntary admission and treatment of mental illness. Currently, such detained minors may not voluntarily seek admission. The bill further requires that if a minor is in a detention home or shelter care facility when admitted to a mental health facility, the director of the detention home or shelter care facility or his designee shall provide, if available, certain information relating to the minor to the mental health facility and to the juvenile and domestic relations district court for the jurisdiction in which the facility is located if such court is different than the court that placed the minor in detention or shelter care. The bill also clarifies under what circumstances the qualified evaluator who examined the minor must attend the minor's hearing and under what circumstances the evaluator's report is admissible. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 090294248
01/13/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2009Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/14/2009Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
02/04/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1122)
02/04/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2009Committee substitute printed 091440260-S1
02/04/2009Rereferred to Finance
02/05/2009Reported from Finance (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Read second time
02/10/2009Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2009Committee substitute agreed to 091440260-S1
02/10/2009Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1122S1
02/10/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2009Placed on Calendar
02/13/2009Read first time
02/13/2009Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/19/2009Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2009Read second time
02/23/2009Passed by for the day
02/24/2009Read third time
02/24/2009Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/24/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2009Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1122ER)
02/28/2009Signed by Speaker
03/04/2009Signed by President
03/05/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1122ER)
03/27/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 555 (effective 7/1/09)
03/27/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0555)