Mental health and developmental services; replaces certain terminology, technical amendments. (HB552)

Introduced By

Del. Scott Garrett (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patron Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mental health and developmental services; terminology.  Replaces the terms "mental retardation" and "mental deficiency" with the term "intellectual disability" when referring to the diagnosis of, and with the term "developmental" when referring to services for, individuals with intellectual disabilities; replaces the terms "mentally retarded," "mentally deficient," and "mentally defective" with the term "individual with intellectual disability"; replaces the terms "consumer," "patient," and "resident" with the term "individual receiving services" when used in connection with mental health or developmental services; updates the Code to reflect proper terminology for state hospitals for individuals with mental illness and state training centers for individuals with intellectual disabilities; defines the terms "behavioral health services," "developmental services," "individual receiving services," intellectual disability," and "mental health services"; and revises the definition of "training center." This bill contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101016D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/16/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB552)
01/16/2012Referred from General Laws
01/16/2012Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/18/2012Assigned HWI sub: #1
01/19/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/24/2012Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2012Read first time
01/26/2012Read second time and engrossed
01/27/2012Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
01/27/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
01/30/2012Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/09/2012Reported from Education and Health (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2012Read third time
02/13/2012Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB552ER)
03/06/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB552ER)
03/06/2012Signed by Speaker
03/08/2012Signed by President
04/04/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 507 (effective 7/1/12)
04/04/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0507)


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 4 minutes.