Developments in Mental Health Law

Articles from Vol. 2, No. 2, April-June

Civil Commitment Reforms Pursued
This year the General Assembly took another step toward requiring screening of persons facing involuntary commitment by community mental health programs. The 1982 amendments to Section 37.1-673 also permit courts to appoint licensed clinical psychologists...
Commissioner's Committee on Forensic Services System
In early January 1982, Dr. Joseph J. Bevilacqua, Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, established the Committee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation Forensic Services System to (a) review the Department's current...
Forensic Evaluation Law
The full text of the revised forensic evaluation law, 1982 Va. Laws ch. 653, is reprinted below. For commentary, see article beginning on page nine. Approved April 21, 1982 Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia: 1. That [section][section]...
Forensic Psychological Evaluation Law Rewritten
Among the bills involving mental health law passed by the General Assembly in the 1982 session, the most significant is Senate Bill 417 (1982 Va. Laws ch. 653). This new statute governs the procedures to be followed in obtaining psychological evaluations...
Long-Term Care Ombudsman to Investigate Community Services
Two years after the Virginia legislature gave the Office on Aging's Long-Term Care Ombudsman the right to inspect the records of homes for adults, nursing homes, and state hospitals, a law has been enacted requiring the Office on Aging to investigate...
State and Local Reimbursement Rules Revamped
How much should the family of a mentally ill or mentally retarded recipient of state or local services be required to contribute to the high cost of providing those services? What family members should be responsible? Should the reimbursement practices...
Virginia Laws Affecting Medicaid
With one exception, the aims of the 1982 legislation directed at the state medical assistance program, funded in part by Title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act, are to assure that benefits are received only by the "truly needy" and to reduce...