Mental health awareness training; law enforcement officers, firefighters, etc. (SB1064)

Introduced By

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Charlottesville) with support from co-patron Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mental health awareness training; law-enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services personnel. Requires the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) to establish and administer a mental health awareness program for training persons in emergency services professions in recognizing potential mental health issues and assisting themselves and each other with mental health issues. The bill requires DBHDS to create and administer a process by which a program not created by DBHDS can be certified as a qualified mental health awareness program. The bill requires law-enforcement officers, emergency medical services personnel, and firefighters other than volunteer firefighters to participate in a mental health awareness program created or certified by DBHDS once every two years. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101027D
01/06/2017Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/18/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1064)
01/19/2017Reported from Education and Health with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2017Rereferred to Finance
01/25/2017Reported from Finance with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2017Committee substitute printed 17104652D-S1
01/26/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2017Passed by for the day
01/27/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1064S1)
01/30/2017Read second time
01/30/2017Committee amendment rejected
01/30/2017Reading of substitute waived
01/30/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17104652D-S1
01/30/2017Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1064S1
01/31/2017Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2017Placed on Calendar
02/03/2017Read first time
02/03/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/07/2017Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
02/08/2017Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/21/2017Left in Courts of Justice

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1480.


JoAnne Norton writes:

Excellent bill. Mental awareness training will help immensely in helping both police and firemen in dealing with people with anxiety, etc.

JoAnne Norton writes:

This is an excellent bill. Any increased help in helping a person who is anxious, depressed, acting out, confused, etc. is very necessary.

Brad writes:

This is a very good, commonsense bill that will help emergency responders perform their jobs better. It has the potential to not only prevent tragic incidents, but also the loss of confidence in public servants resulting from such incidents.