Higher education; mental health treatment coordination for certain students. (HB1609)

Introduced By

Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville) with support from 16 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge), Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg), Del. Barbara Comstock (R-McLean), Del. John A. Cox (R-Ashland), Del. Peter Farrell (R-Henrico), Del. Scott Garrett (R-Lynchburg), Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls), Del. Sal Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Joe May (R-Leesburg), Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), Del. Mike Watson (R-Williamsburg), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Higher education; mental health treatment coordination. Requires the governing board of each public four-year institution of higher education to establish a written memorandum of understanding with its local community services board or behavioral health authority and with local hospitals and other local mental health facilities in order to expand the scope of services available to students seeking treatment. The bill requires each public four-year institution of higher education to designate a contact person to be notified when a student is involuntarily committed, or when a student is discharged from a facility and he consents to such notification. The bill requires the memorandums to include the institution of higher education in the post-discharge planning of a student who has been committed and intends to return to campus, to the extent allowable under state and federal privacy laws. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101654D
01/06/2013Referred to Committee on Education
01/11/2013Assigned Education sub: Higher Education and Arts
01/15/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1609)
01/22/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/28/2013Reported from Education (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2013Read first time
01/30/2013Read second time and engrossed
01/31/2013Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/31/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/01/2013Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/07/2013Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2013Committee substitute printed 13105020D-S1
02/08/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2013Placed on Calendar
02/11/2013Read third time
02/11/2013Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13105020D-S1
02/11/2013Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1609S1
02/11/2013Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2013Placed on Calendar
02/13/2013Senate substitute rejected by House 13105020D-S1 (2-Y 98-N)
02/13/2013VOTE: REJECTED (2-Y 98-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Senate requested conference committee
02/18/2013House acceded to request
02/19/2013Conferees appointed by Senate
02/19/2013Senators: Smith, Barker, Black
02/19/2013Conferees appointed by House
02/19/2013Delegates: Hugo, Yost, Dance
02/23/2013Conference report agreed to by House (99-Y 0-N)
02/23/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2013Passed by temporarily
02/23/2013Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1609ER)
03/04/2013Signed by President
03/05/2013Signed by Speaker
03/07/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1609ER)
03/25/2013Governor's recommendation received by House
04/02/2013Placed on Calendar
04/03/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 735 (effective 7/1/13)
04/03/2013House concurred in Governor's recommendation (98-Y 0-N)
04/03/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (35-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/03/2013Reenrolled bill text (HB1609ER2)
04/03/2013Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/03/2013Signed by President as reenrolled
04/03/2013Enacted, Chapter 735 (effective 7/1/13)
04/03/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0735)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.