Mental health and developmental services; replaces certain terminology, technical amendments. (SB387)

Introduced By

Sen. Steve Martin (R-Chesterfield) with support from co-patron Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News)


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 has technical amendments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12
01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101017D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/18/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB387)
02/02/2012Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2012Committee substitute printed 12105041D-S1
02/03/2012Incorporates SB191
02/03/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2012Read second time
02/06/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105041D-S1
02/06/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB387S1
02/07/2012Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB387S1)
02/13/2012Placed on Calendar
02/13/2012Read first time
02/13/2012Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/16/2012Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendments (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2012Read second time
02/20/2012Engrossed by House as amended SB387
02/20/2012Read third time
02/20/2012Committee amendments agreed to
02/20/2012Engrossed by House as amended
02/20/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2012Reconsideration of House passage agreed to by House
02/20/2012Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/20/2012VOTE: PASSAGE #2 (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2012House amendments agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2012Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB387ER)
03/06/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB387ER)
03/06/2012Signed by Speaker
03/08/2012Signed by President
03/30/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 476 (effective 7/1/12)
03/30/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0476)


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