- Associated Press - Monday, April 28, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials are celebrating the signing of a mental health reform bill.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe ceremonially signed the bill Monday at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

WVIR-TV reports (https://bit.ly/QRB9OF) that McAuliffe was joined by state Sen. Creigh (KREE) Deeds.

The law extends the length of time allotted for finding a psychiatric bed for those under an emergency custody order from six hours 12 hours. And after eight hours of searching, if no private beds can be found, a state hospital will now be required to admit those under an emergency custody order.

Deeds’ son attacked his father then committed suicide last November. The incident occurred after the local community services board said it was unable to locate an available psychiatric bed for Gus Deeds within six hours.

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Information from: WVIR-TV, https://www.nbc29.com/

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