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Topic - Gus Deeds
Virginia officials are celebrating the signing of a mental health reform bill.
R. Creigh Deeds, the Virginia state senator whose mentally ill adult son attacked him before killing himself, called mental health reform he helped push through the state's General Assembly in the wake of the tragedy "incremental change."
State investigators found no evidence that a mental health official tried to contact two facilities that had room to admit state Sen. Creigh Deeds' mentally ill son hours before he attacked the senator and then killed himself, according to a report released Thursday.
Authorities could detain a mentally ill individual for up to 24 hours in emergency custody under a bill approved by the Virginia Senate.
Virginia state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds has been discharged from the hospital after being stabbed earlier in the week before his son, Gus, died from what police say is a self-inflicted rifle shot wound.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has directed his secretary of health and human resources to conduct a "comprehensive review" of the state's mental health system in the wake of Gus Deeds' apparent suicide this week and said he'll weigh providing additional resources in the outgoing two-year state budget proposal he'll unveil next month.
Virginia has opened an investigation into the mental health evaluation of Gus Deeds, who underwent a psychiatric examination but was released just hours before attacking his father and then taking his own life early Tuesday.
He also said that before he dealt with mental illness on a personal level, the issue wasn't at the top of his agenda as a legislator.
One reason he decided to speak out about mental illness, he said, was "I wanted to make sure that my son was remembered more for his living than for his dying."