Behavioral health; assessments in local correctional facilities, report. (HB1874)

Introduced By

Del. Carrie Coyner (R-Chesterfield) with support from 8 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. John Avoli (R-Staunton), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Martha Mugler (D-Hampton, Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Sterling), Sen. Jen Kiggans (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Behavioral health services in local correctional facilities. Requires the Board of Local and Regional Jails (the Board) to include in its minimum standards for behavioral health services in local correction facilities requirements for (i) referral of individuals committed to local correctional facilities for whom a behavioral health screening indicates reason to believe the person may have mental illness to a behavioral health service provider for a behavioral health assessment and (ii) in cases in which there is reason to believe an individual is experiencing acute mental health distress or is at risk for suicide, (a) staff of the local correctional facility to consult with the behavioral health service provider to implement immediate interventions and to provide ongoing monitoring to ensure the safety of the individual and (b) the behavioral health assessment to be completed within 72 hours of completion of the behavioral health screening unless the 72-hour period ends on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, in which case the assessment shall be completed by the close of business on the next working day. The bill requires the Board to (1) review the behavioral health screening and assessment process for individuals committed to local correctional facilities, (2) identify barriers to ensuring that all behavioral health assessments are completed within 72 hours of the behavioral health screening, (3) develop recommendations for addressing such barriers, and (4) report its findings and recommendations to the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security and the Chairmen of the House Committees on Health, Welfare and Institutions and Public Safety and the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services by October 1, 2021. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/08/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101199D
01/08/2021Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/13/2021Assigned HWI sub: Behavioral Health
01/19/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/19/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 0-N)
01/21/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/21/2021Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2021Committee substitute printed 21102895D-H1
01/22/2021Read first time
01/25/2021Read second time
01/25/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21102895D-H1
01/25/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1874H1
01/26/2021Read third time and passed House (100-Y 0-N)
01/26/2021VOTE: Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/27/2021Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/28/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1874H1)
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N)
02/22/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/23/2021Read third time
02/23/2021Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/26/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1874ER)
02/26/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1874ER)
02/26/2021Signed by Speaker
02/27/2021Signed by President
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 20201
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 179 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0179)