Crisis intervention team programs; established, report. (SB1294)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Crisis intervention pilot programs for persons with mental illness. Permits the Department of Criminal Justice Services to establish crisis intervention team pilot programs in areas of the state by January 1, 2010. The crisis intervention team pilot programs shall assist law-enforcement officers in responding to crisis situations involving persons with mental illness, substance abuse problems, or both. By November 1, 2009, the Department shall submit to the Joint Commission on Health Care a report outlining the plan for the program. The Department, in consultation with the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, shall establish a training program for all persons involved in the crisis intervention team pilot programs. Each crisis intervention team shall develop a protocol that permits law-enforcement officers to release from custody persons whom they encounter in crisis situations when the crisis intervention team has determined the person is sufficiently stable. The Department shall evaluate and report annually to the Joint Commission on Health Care on the impact and effectiveness of the crisis intervention team pilot programs. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/14/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 090268228
01/14/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2009Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/15/2009Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
02/04/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2009Committee substitute printed 091444228-S1
02/04/2009Rereferred to Finance
02/05/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1294)
02/05/2009Reported from Finance (15-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1294S1)
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 091444228-S1
02/10/2009Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1294S1
02/10/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Passed Senate (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2009Placed on Calendar
02/13/2009Read first time
02/13/2009Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/18/2009Assigned MPPS sub: #3
02/20/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting
02/20/2009Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Read second time
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 (SB1294ER)
02/28/2009Signed by Speaker
03/04/2009Signed by President
03/11/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1294ER)
03/30/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 715 (effective 7/1/09)
03/30/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0715)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.