Veterans' mental health courts; allows Hampton Roads to establish. (SB592)

Introduced By

Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge), Del. Mamye BaCote (D-Newport News), Del. Harvey Morgan (R-Gloucester), Sen. Chuck Colgan (D-Manassas), Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke), Sen. Fred Quayle (R-Suffolk), Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Veterans' mental health courts.  Allows, in Hampton Roads, the establishment of veterans' mental health courts as specialized court dockets within the existing structure of Virginia's court system, offering judicial monitoring of intensive treatment and supervision of offenders who are affected by mental illness, an alcohol or substance use disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or traumatic brain injury, any of which appear to be related to military service, including, without limitation, any readjustment to civilian life that is necessary after service in the armed services. A state veterans' mental health court advisory committee is established and localities intending to establish veterans' mental health courts are required to establish local advisory committees. The Supreme Court of Virginia is given administrative oversight for the implementation of the act. Read the Bill »


02/08/2010: Merged into SB158


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103674D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2010Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/01/2010Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
02/08/2010Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB158-Edwards) (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)