Psychiatric treatment of minors; duration of admission, petition for judicial approval. (SB779)

Introduced By

Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax)


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


12/30/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101087D
12/30/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2015Committee substitute printed 15104086D-S1
01/23/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2015Passed by for the day
01/23/2015Reconsideration of Passed by for the day agreed to (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB779S1)
01/26/2015Read second time
01/26/2015Reading of substitute waived
01/26/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104086D-S1
01/26/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB779S1
01/27/2015Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2015Placed on Calendar
01/30/2015Read first time
01/30/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/09/2015Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
02/16/2015Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
02/18/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 2-N)
02/20/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (17-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Committee substitute printed 15105303D-H1
02/23/2015Read second time
02/24/2015Read third time
02/24/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15105303D-H1
02/24/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB779H1
02/24/2015Passed House with substitute (95-Y 4-N)
02/24/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (95-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015House substitute agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Title replaced 15105303D-H1
03/06/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB779ER)
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 535 (effective 7/1/15)
03/23/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0535)


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.