WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Virginia Task Force Weighs Changes To Mental Health Laws

Play associated audio

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's Task Force on School and Campus Security is brainstorming ways to prevent another Virginia Tech or Newtown massacre. The Mental Health Working Group is slowly rolling out ideas members believe will address some overlooked issues.

The problems are systemic and complicated, says the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Commissioner, James Stewart. He says they've evaluated the length of detention for psychiatric, drug, or alcohol problems.

"Currently there is no requirement that an individual remain in the hospital for 24 hours, and Virginia has one of the shortest temporary detention periods nationwide," Stewart says.

The group has also examined the effectiveness of increasing penalties for possessing firearms while ineligible for mental health reasons, and looked for solutions for those who lack treatment access or funding. They're also searching for more effective detection methods when a child exhibits behavioral problems.

And all of this must translate to making changes in the most cost-effective manner possible.

NPR

'Top Gear' Team Signs Deal With Amazon; New Car Show Set For 2016

The trio left the BBC under a cloud, after Jeremy Clarkson's contract was not renewed because of a physical and verbal attack on a show producer.
NPR

Do Fish Names Encourage Fishy Business?

Legally, a single fish species can go by many names from sea to plate, and different fish can go by the same name. An environmental group says that hampers efforts to combat illegal fishing and fraud.
NPR

For Young Voters, Crushing Student Debt Is Front And Center

Megan Brabec, 24, works three part time jobs with no benefits. "It does really frustrate me when I hear candidates talk about, 'Oh, well, you should have majored in something else," she said.
NPR

Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China's 'Milky Way'

It is hoped that the new supercomputer, expected to go online by 2025, would be the first "exascale" machine — some 20 times faster than today's fastest machine, called Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2).

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.