Mental health assessments; juvenile and domestic relations court to order for certain juveniles. (SB928)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mental health assessments for certain juveniles. Requires the juvenile and domestic relations court, when the attorney for the Commonwealth is seeking commitment of a juvenile, to order that an interdisciplinary team evaluate the service needs of a juvenile who has (i) been placed in a secure facility, (ii) had a mental health assessment completed by the secure facility that has identified a mental health need or mental illness, and (iii) been adjudicated delinquent and found eligible for commitment. A report of the evaluation must be filed with the clerk. The bill requires the court to consider the report when determining whether the juvenile will be committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice and to state in its order for commitment the basis for its findings. Read the Bill »


01/21/2013: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/07/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101554D
01/07/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2013Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice with letter (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


ACLU-VA Juvenile Justice, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that identifies and treats the mental health needs of juveniles offenders in a comprehensive manner. The legislation also requires a judge to be advised of a juvenile's mental health needs so that the necessary treatment can be ordered.