Certificate of public need; psychiatric beds and services. (HB1606)

Introduced By

Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Certificate of public need; psychiatric beds and services. Eliminates the requirement for a certificate of public need for certain projects involving mental hospitals or psychiatric hospitals and intermediate care facilities established primarily for the medical, psychiatric, or psychological treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with substance abuse. The bill also directs the Department of Health to develop a plan for an expedited permitting process for psychiatric beds consistent with the State Medical Facilities Plan by July 1, 2019. Read the Bill »


03/01/2018: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/25/2018Unanimous consent to introduce
01/25/2018Presented and ordered printed 18104103D
01/25/2018Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/26/2018Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
01/30/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (5-Y 0-N)
02/01/2018Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendment (14-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Read first time
02/06/2018Read second time
02/06/2018Committee amendment agreed to
02/06/2018Engrossed by House as amended HB1606E
02/06/2018Printed as engrossed 18104103D-E
02/07/2018Read third time and passed House (51-Y 45-N)
02/07/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (51-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2018Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/09/2018Impact statement from VDH (HB1606E)
03/01/2018Continued to 2019 in Education and Health (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.


This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg): appeal but still have the state medical facility's plan and the commissioner waive the needs of the given areas. Right now in the commonwealth statewide there is not a shortage of beds but in many localities there is. So what that results in is an individual who needs in-patient psyche treatment, either one, having to travel a travel distance from their home or they don't get the treatment they May need because they are discharged back into their community. I move the bill be engrossed and passed to third reading. >> shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading all those in favor say aye. [Ayes expressed] >> those opposed no? The bill is engrossed and passed to third reading.

[Unknown]: returning to page 23 of today's printed calendar, second reading, this bill has been moved.