Behavioral health dockets; established. (SB818)

Introduced By

Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Behavioral health dockets; established. Establishes, by the Behavioral Health Docket Act (the Act), behavioral health courts as specialized court dockets within the existing structure of Virginia's court system, offering judicial monitoring of intensive treatment and supervision of offenders who have mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse issues. The bill establishes a state behavioral health docket advisory committee and requires localities intending to establish such dockets to establish local behavioral health docket advisory committees. The bill gives the Supreme Court of Virginia administrative oversight of the implementation of the Act, which is modeled on the Drug Treatment Court Act (§ 18.2-254.1). Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103858D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/05/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20107782D-S1
02/05/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/06/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB818S1)
02/11/2020Read second time
02/11/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107782D-S1
02/11/2020Reading of amendment waived
02/11/2020Amendment by Senator Edwards agreed to
02/11/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB818ES1
02/11/2020Printed as engrossed 20107782D-ES1
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Motion to recommit to committee rejected
02/11/2020Passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2020Placed on Calendar
02/14/2020Read first time
02/14/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB818ES1)
02/17/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/17/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/19/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Committee substitute printed 20108513D-H1
02/21/2020Read second time
02/24/2020Floor substitute printed 20108918D-H2 (Rasoul)
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/24/2020Committee substitute rejected 20108513D-H1
02/24/2020Substitute by Delegate Rasoul agreed to 20108918D-H2
02/24/2020Passed by temporarily
02/24/2020Amendment by Delegate Orrock agreed to
02/24/2020Engrossed by House - floor substitute with amendment SB818H2
02/24/2020Passed House with substitute with amendment (97-Y 1-N)
02/24/2020VOTE: Passage (97-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB818H2)
02/26/2020House substitute with amendment rejected by Senate (1-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020House insisted on substitute with amendment
02/27/2020House requested conference committee
03/02/2020Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/02/2020Senators: Morrissey, Deeds, Norment
03/03/2020Delegates: Hope, Mullin, Campbell, J. L.
03/03/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/03/2020Delegates: Hope, Mullin, Campbell, J.L.
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/05/2020Conference substitute printed 20109684D-S2
03/05/2020Conference report agreed to by House (99-Y 0-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: Adoption (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB818ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
03/26/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB818ER)
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1096 (effective 7/1/20)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1096)