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Call to reform Virginia mental health crisis care

Call to reform Virginia mental health crisis care

Mental health workers had six hours to find a suitable psychiatric bed for Gus Deeds, the mentally ill son of state Sen. Creigh Deeds, being held under an emergency custody order for evaluation. When the ECO time elapsed before Rockbridge County Community Services Board evaluators could locate an appropriate bed, law enforcement released him.

The November incident set off a personal tragedy for the Deeds' family. Less than 24 hours after his release, the 24-year-old Deeds stabbed his father, before taking his own life.

The violent episode highlighted the flaws in Virginia's ECO/TDO (temporary detention order) system, used for evaluating and stabilizing those in psychiatric...

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