Developments in Mental Health Law

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 1-2, January-June

Assembly Amends Jail to Hospital Transfer Laws
In order to facilitate the psychiatric hospitalization of persons in jail awaiting trial and in need of emergency treatment, the Virginia General Assembly in 1982 enacted Virginia Code [section] 19.2-169.6. This law authorized the judge with jurisdiction...
Fourth Circuit Discovers Right to Treatment
A mentally disabled client of a community mental health program has a constitutional right to appropriate services, even if that means creating new and costly programs for that client. This important ruling is now the law in the states within the jurisdiction...
Virginia's New Forensic Evaluation Laws
Among the bills involving mental health law passed by the Virginia General Assembly in the 1986 session, the most notable for forensic examiners is HB 641. This bill, sponsored by Dei. Samuel Glasscock (D-Suffolk), significantly alters procedures for...
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