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Analysis: Creigh Deeds And Virginia's Mental Health System

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Virginia state Senator Creigh Deeds is recovering today from multiple stab wounds. Authorities believe he was attacked yesterday morning in his home in Bath County by his 24-year-old son, Gus, who was found dead in the home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

There are reports that Gus Deeds was sent to a local community hospital on Monday under an emergency custody order for a mental health evaluation, but was released because there weren't any psychiatric beds available anywhere around western Virginia.

Steven Stern, a professor of economics at the University of Virginia has studied mental healthcare in the commonwealth. He joins WAMU's Pat Brogan to talk about how the mental health care system works in Virginia.


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