Psychiatric treatment of minors; objecting minor. (HB1717)

Introduced By

Del. Jim LeMunyon (R-Oak Hill) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Scott Garrett (R-Lynchburg), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Psychiatric treatment of minors; objecting minor; criteria; duration of admission. Increases from 96 to 120 hours the length of time a minor 14 years of age or older who objects to admission for inpatient treatment or who is incapable of making an informed decision may be admitted to a willing mental health facility. The bill also amends the criteria for admitting an objecting minor 14 years of age or older for psychiatric treatment to match the criteria for determining whether a nonobjecting minor or a minor younger than 14 years of age should be admitted. Finally, the bill provides that if a minor 14 years of age or older who did not initially object to treatment objects to further treatment, the mental health facility where the minor is being treated shall immediately notify the parent who consented to the minor's treatment and provide to such parent a summary of the procedures for requesting continued treatment of the minor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100955D
01/12/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/2015Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
01/20/2015Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
01/26/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1717)
01/30/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 1-N)
02/04/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (19-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Read second time
02/09/2015Committee amendments agreed to
02/09/2015Engrossed by House as amended HB1717E
02/09/2015Printed as engrossed 15100955D-E
02/10/2015Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/10/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/18/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2015Read third time
02/23/2015Reading of amendment waived
02/23/2015Committee amendment agreed to
02/23/2015Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/23/2015Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Placed on Calendar
02/24/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1717E)
02/24/2015Senate amendment agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
02/24/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1717ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/10/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/23/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 504 (effective 7/1/15)
03/23/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0504)


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.