Emergency custody; magistrate may extend custody order, medical testing, observation, or treatment. (SB373)

Introduced By

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Emergency custody; extension; medical testing, observation, or treatment. Provides that a magistrate may, upon the sworn petition of the Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services or his designee, issue an order extending an emergency custody order for a period of up to 48 hours upon finding that probable cause exists to believe that the behaviors upon which a finding that the person meets the criteria for emergency custody are the result of a medical or physical condition, including substance intoxication or withdrawal, and that the medical standard of care for such medical or physical condition calls for testing, observation, or treatment to prevent harm to the person resulting from such medical or physical condition. Upon issuance of an order extending the period of emergency custody, the person shall be transported to and detained in an appropriate medical care facility for testing, observation, and treatment. Read the Bill »


01/28/2022: Awaiting a Vote in the Education and Health Committee


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101375D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/28/2022Assigned Education sub: Health
02/03/2022Continued to 2023 in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

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