State hospital for individuals w/ mental illness; SHHR to examine cause of high census at hospital. (SB1488)

Introduced By

Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon) with support from co-patron Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Charlottesville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services; causes of high state hospital census; report. Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to convene a stakeholder work group to examine the causes of the high census at the Commonwealth's state hospitals for individuals with mental illness, including (i) the impact on such census of the practice of conducting evaluations of individuals who are the subject of an emergency custody order in hospital emergency departments, the treatment needs of individuals with complex medical conditions, the treatment needs of individuals who are under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances, and the need to ensure that individuals receive treatment in the most appropriate setting to meet their physical and behavioral health care needs and (ii) the potential impact on such census of extending the time frame during which an emergency custody order remains valid, revising security requirements to allow custody of a person who is the subject of an emergency custody order to be transferred from law enforcement to a hospital emergency department, diverting individuals who are the subject of an emergency custody order from hospital emergency departments to other more appropriate locations for medical and psychological evaluations, and preventing unnecessary use of hospital emergency department resources by improving the efficiency of the evaluation process. The work group shall analyze how such issues affect both adults and children. The work group shall develop recommendations for both long-term and short-term solutions to the high census at the Commonwealth's state hospitals for individuals with mental illness and shall report such recommendations to the Chairmen of the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Commonwealth in the Twenty-First Century, the House Committee on Appropriations, the House Committee for Courts of Justice, the Senate Committee on Finance, and the Senate Committee for Courts of Justice by November 1, 2019. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102676D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/15/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1488)
01/17/2019Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2019Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2019Committee substitute printed 19104970D-S1
01/18/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2019Passed by for the day
01/22/2019Read second time
01/22/2019Reading of substitute waived
01/22/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19104970D-S1
01/22/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1488S1
01/23/2019Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1488S1)
01/29/2019Placed on Calendar
01/29/2019Read first time
01/29/2019Referred to Committee on Rules
02/11/2019Assigned Rules sub: Subcommittee #1
02/15/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 0-N)
02/18/2019Reported from Rules (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Read second time
02/20/2019Read third time
02/20/2019Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/20/2019VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2019Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1488ER)
02/23/2019Signed by President
02/23/2019Signed by Speaker
02/26/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1488ER)
03/04/2019Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 4, 2019
03/04/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/19/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 609 (effective 7/1/19)
03/19/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0609)