New Mental Health Task Force Makes Changes in VA

March 25, 2014 in Articles | MARTIN WREN, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

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Some months after the tragic incident which injured Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds, a Virginia state governor’s task force on improving mental health services is creating new stricter guidelines on emergency custody, and assessment for those with mental health issues.

Reporting in the Daily Progress January 29 shows that a plan backed by the governor would double emergency custody timelines from 6 to 12 hours, as well as improving how professionals assess troubled individuals brought in by police.

Politicians in Richmond talked about how the state will be responsible to handle various aspects of mental health services that help lower public risk for local residents.

Another part of the plan is to provide mental-health ‘tele-services’ in rural areas of the state where it’s harder for residents to access centralized healthcare systems.

Creating a Safe Environment for Virginia Residents

A major part of the concept for this plan directly addresses how mental-health issues pose a major category of public dangers in American communities. Along with the tragic kinds of situations that happen when heavily armed and mentally disturbed individuals create death tolls, there are other kinds of situations where those with mental health issues pose a threat to themselves and others.

Looking at this issue closely involves a lot of complicated assessment of how and why these injuries and fatalities happen. Part of the trend around improving mental health services is based on the idea that those with mental health issues are not entirely responsible for handling their conditions, and that government should provide services to them in the pursuit of the greater good. Likewise, when accidents and injuries occur, there is the idea that other parties will have secondary responsibility in a legal sense.

Virginia personal injury lawyers will look closely at this kind of situation to determine the details on risk and responsibility. Personal injury victims need this kind of research and this kind representation when they are facing recovery for harm done to them in a context that’s often nuanced and involves evaluation of public administration, mental-health facilities and other parties.

Legal professionals like Virginia injury lawyers continue to try to understand how the legal system treats these kinds of situations and how the legal community, legislators and medical professionals can work together to make Virginia and every state safer for citizens.

Getting Legal Help in Virginia

Virginia residents facing the challenges of a physical injury can talk to experienced Virginia injury lawyers to figure out how to build a case and protect their family’s finances. At MartinWren, P.C., our lawyers are knowledgeable about handling local personal injury claims using state and local law and other precedents. We will help personal injury victims to take the steps to get on the road to a full recovery and coverage for hardships and costs related to their conditions. Let our Virginia personal injury lawyers help you achieve an equitable resolution in a Virginia personal injury case.

Contact Our Virginia Lawyers

We serve clients throughout Virginia — from Charlottesville and Central Virginia to metropolitan Richmond; Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley to Roanoke; and the cities of Hampton Roads to the Northern Virginia cities of  Fairfax, Alexandria and Arlington.

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