- Fact Sheet on June 16 Soft Launch
- Training Materials
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- New Forms
- Regional Protocols
- Helpful Information
- Comments or Concerns
The 2014 General Assembly Session passed a number of legislative changes to Virginia’s civil commitment laws that are scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2014. CSBs, state facilities and their safety net partners, including local hospitals, emergency departments, law enforcement agencies, and others, have developed new regional admission protocols based on these new laws. It is essential that information about the new laws and the regional protocols is communicated clearly to all partners and individuals involved in carrying out these changes. This webpage is intended to be a one-stop reference source for accessing training presentations, legislative information, procedures, guidance, FAQs, and other helpful information. This page will continue to evolve as more information becomes available.
It is critical that CSB executive directors use this information along with the regional protocols to ensure all emergency services workers and other staff involved in the commitment process are fully informed of the changes and of the new procedures for emergency custody and temporary detention. Effective planning, ongoing communication and collecting meaningful data can help ensure an already complex process for individuals experiencing mental health crises is not made more difficult and fulfills its primary mission of serving individuals appropriately and well.
- 2014 Legislative Changes to Virginia’s Civil Commitment Laws
- Medical Screening and Assessment
- 2014 Law Changes: Putting New Law Into Practice
New forms summarizing the Emergency Custody and Temporary Detention procedures have been developed for this purpose by the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia. The forms will be available July 1, 2014 at: http://www.courts.state.va.us/forms/district/civil.html
Regional Protocols - On January 15, 2014, DBHDS issued guidance to all of Virginia’s partnership planning regions to develop written policies and procedures for accessing the appropriate level of care during mental health emergency situations. The guidance included instruction for regions to collaboratively develop written policies and procedures, communication and data sharing, quality improvement and medical screening for the use of regional private and state psychiatric beds in emergency situations. Regional partnerships are comprised of area community services board executive directors, state mental health facility directors and local partners such as private hospitals, law enforcement and judicial officers. The protocols were updated by March 15, 2014 and were once again updated by July 1, 2014 to incorporate changes made by the 2014 General Assembly to Virginia’s civil commitment laws. The new policies for the regions follow:
- Online Psychiatric Bed Registry
- Medical Screening & Medical Assessment Guidance and Medical Capabilities Form
- Temporary Detention Order (TDO) Exception Report Summary (January – April, 2014)
- Strategies for Implementing a Responsive Local Emergency System
- Temporary Detention Order (TDO) Exception Report Summary (January – May 2014)
- Presentation to the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the 21st Century: Overview of Virginia’s Publicly-Funded Mental Health System, Structure, Funding & Recent Changes, by Commissioner Ferguson (July 21, 2014)
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