Minors; admission to mental health facility for inpatient treatment. (SB184)

Introduced By

Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Admission of minors to mental health facility for inpatient treatment. Removes provisions of the Code requiring the consent of a minor 14 years of age or older prior to admission to a mental health facility for inpatient treatment. The bill allows for admission of a minor of any age upon application and with the consent of a parent. After admission, if a minor 14 years of age or older objects to inpatient treatment, his admission shall be reviewed by a juvenile and domestic relations district court judge, and counsel and a guardian ad litem shall be appointed for the minor. Read the Bill »


02/05/2014: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/02/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102065D
01/02/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/04/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB184)
02/05/2014Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice with letter (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


marsha maines writes:

Bad Bill. Turns children into WARDS of the STATE, to be disposed of at the will of any "court". A child 14-18 years old SHOULD be ABLE to make decisions about checking into a mental facility or going to a hospital or clinic. There is a valid REASON this is in place.
It's called Custodial Parent ABUSE of Title IV funding.

It was discovered several years ago that some parents were "using" their children through use of Applications to TANF/ to obtain illegal narcotics.

The NON -custodial Parents who found out, attempted to get law enforcement and the courts to intervene on their child's behalf, but were DENIED their parental rights and any ability to "save" their own children from abusive custodial-parent drug trafficking rings.

It was discovered that some of these children were being prescribed seriously deadly drugs like Rispordol and others based SOLELY on the WORD of ONE parent (the one who receives all benefits, monies, and legal assistance for free, while the other parent (NCP) was charged for 100% of the "new debts" and then obligated to "pay" or go to jail)

It's not unwise for a child of 14 years to be able to SEEK HELP - when they have "nowhere" to go. I urge you to reconsider any alteration of this Code, in the BEST INTEREST OF CHILDREN. Changing this code will only benefit big pharma, illegal drug trafficker/rings, Gang activity, child prostitution, and child exploitation by social services - connected criminal rackets.