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Nevertheless, issues inside the state persist, and the specific issue of mental health treatment has gotten particularly close attention in recent weeks after Austin “Gus” Deeds, 24, stabbed state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds before taking his own life.

Mr. Deeds, a former Democratic gubernatorial nominee, sharply criticized the state’s mental health system this week; Gus Deeds was given a psychiatric evaluation the day before the tragedy occurred, but was turned away after the Rockbridge Community Services Board could not find him a bed.

Several nearby facilities reported later that they had available space but were not contacted.