Community services boards; discharge planning. (SB1304)

Introduced By

Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Community services boards; discharge planning. Reduces from within 30 days to within 72 hours of an individual's identification as ready for discharge the time by which a community services board must document its disagreement with the determination that an individual is ready for discharge from a state hospital or training center. The bill also directs the Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to establish a work group with representatives of the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards to (i) review the current process for discharging patients from state mental health hospitals, including the current assigned responsibilities of state hospital staff and community services board staff, as well as the barriers to timely discharge for patients clinically ready to discharge, and (ii) develop potential options to expedite the discharge process for individuals who can be safely discharged back into the community. The bill directs the work group to develop a plan that includes recommendations for expediting the discharge process and identify the necessary funding to ensure that individuals receive essential services upon discharge and that discharges are timely. The bill requires the work group to report its findings and conclusions and its plan to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committee on Education and Health by September 1, 2021. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102367D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1304)
01/22/2021Assigned Education sub: Health
01/28/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2021Reported from Education and Health with amendments (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Read second time
02/01/2021Reading of amendments waived
02/01/2021Committee amendments #1 and #3 agreed to
02/01/2021Committee amendment #2 rejected
02/01/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1304E
02/01/2021Printed as engrossed 21102367D-E
02/02/2021Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1304E)
02/05/2021Placed on Calendar
02/05/2021Read first time
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/09/2021Assigned HWI sub: Behavioral Health
02/16/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 1-N)
02/16/2021Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Read second time
02/19/2021Read third time
02/19/2021Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/19/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N)
02/24/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1304ER)
02/24/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1304ER)
02/24/2021Signed by President
02/25/2021Signed by Speaker
02/26/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 26, 2021
02/26/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 249 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0249)

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