Prisoners; mental health screening upon admission to a local correctional facility. (HB1783)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from co-patrons Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville), and Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mental health screening of prisoners in local correctional facilities. Requires that the staff of a local, regional, or community correctional facility screen persons admitted to the facility for mental illness using a scientifically validated instrument identified by the Department of Criminal Justice Services in consultation with the State Board of Corrections and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. The bill also requires that these entities develop and deliver a training program for employees of such facilities in the administration of such instrument. The bill provides that if the screening indicates that a person may have a mental illness, an assessment of his need for mental services shall be conducted within 72 hours of the time of the screening by a qualified mental health professional. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103518D
01/09/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2017Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
01/23/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1783)
01/27/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 0-N)
01/27/2017Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/30/2017Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (19-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2017Committee substitute printed 17104612D-H1
01/30/2017Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/2017Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/02/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1783H1)
02/02/2017Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/08/2017Left in Appropriations