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Mental-health proposal would allow 24-hour detention for evaluation

Sheriffs group warns proposal will create hardships in rural areas

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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:00 am

Legislation to allow people to be held involuntarily for up to 24 hours for emergency psychiatric evaluation is on its way to a Senate committee over the objections of Virginia sheriffs.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, also would mandate creation of a Web-based psychiatric bed registry and require the state to intervene if local emergency workers are unable to find appropriate beds for people who pose a danger to themselves or others.

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