Bipartisan call for new VA commitment law
The Roanoke Times noted Virginia's GOP support:
Republican leaders also called for legislation to modify the standard for involuntary commitments to allow more easily the detention of individuals who present a danger to themselves. The change would eliminate the current standard of "imminent danger to self and others" and address a broader range of severe mental illnesses."We want to better clarify the individuals that need the additional mental health services," [Del. Phil] Hamilton said.A later article from the Associated Press highlighted Democrat support:
Later, Del. Brian J. Moran, leader of the House Democratic Caucus, found no fault with the Republicans' generalized recommendations.
"Reforming the state's mental health system is not a partisan issue," Moran said. "It's incumbent on the legislature to make sure something like the Virginia Tech tragedy never occurs again."