Mental health courts; any district court or circuit court may establish. (SB820)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mental health courts.  Provides that any district court or circuit court may establish a mental health court, which is a separate court docket within the existing calendar of a district or circuit court offering judicial monitoring of the treatment and supervision of certain individuals with mental illness who are under the jurisdiction of the criminal court. The court is required to (i) identify eligible individuals; (ii) obtain services from a willing local community services board or behavioral health authority serving the territorial jurisdiction of the court and which can provide, or contract for, appropriate treatment and services for the offender or, from a program offered to any eligible veteran by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; (iii) maintain court-established treatment and compliance terms of participation; and (iv) monitor adherence to court requirements. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11101281D
01/06/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2011Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/02/2011Reported from Courts of Justice (11-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB820)
02/04/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Read second time and engrossed
02/08/2011Read third time and passed Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2011Placed on Calendar
02/09/2011Read first time
02/09/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/10/2011Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/18/2011Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely
02/22/2011Left in Courts of Justice


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 1 minute.