Involuntary admission; provisions governing involuntary inpatient & mandatory outpatient treatment. (HB2166)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), and Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Involuntary admission. Amends provisions governing involuntary inpatient and mandatory outpatient treatment to (i) revise criteria for entry of a mandatory outpatient treatment order to become effective upon expiration of an order for involuntary inpatient treatment; (ii) eliminate the requirement that a person agree to abide by a mandatory outpatient treatment plan to be eligible for mandatory outpatient treatment and instead require that the judge or special justice find that the person is able to adhere to a mandatory outpatient treatment plan; (iii) eliminate the role of a treating physician in determining when a person is eligible to transition from inpatient to mandatory outpatient treatment under an order for mandatory outpatient treatment following a period of involuntary inpatient treatment; (iv) increase from 90 to 180 days the length of an order for mandatory outpatient treatment; (v) revise requirements for monitoring of a person's adherence to a mandatory outpatient treatment plan by a community services board; (vi) expand the category of persons who may file petitions for various reviews of a mandatory outpatient treatment order or plan; and (vii) add a provision for status hearings during the period of mandatory outpatient treatment. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2022. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102637D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/15/2021Assigned HWI sub: Behavioral Health
01/26/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (3-Y 2-N)
01/27/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2166)
01/28/2021Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendment(s) (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/28/2021Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
01/29/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/01/2021Reported from Appropriations (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Read first time
02/03/2021Read second time
02/03/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/03/2021Engrossed by House as amended HB2166E
02/03/2021Printed as engrossed 21102637D-E
02/04/2021Read third time and passed House (98-Y 1-N)
02/04/2021VOTE: Passage (98-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2166E)
02/05/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Rereferred from Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Rereferred to Education and Health
02/11/2021Reported from Education and Health (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2021Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
02/12/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/17/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/17/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendments (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Read third time
02/18/2021Reading of amendments waived
02/18/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/18/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/18/2021Passed Senate with amendments (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Passed Senate with amendments (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Placed on Calendar
02/22/2021Senate amendments agreed to by House (55-Y 42-N)
02/22/2021VOTE: Adoption (55-Y 42-N)
02/25/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2166ER)
02/25/2021Signed by President
02/26/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2166ER)
02/26/2021Signed by Speaker
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 221 (effective 7/1/22)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0221)