Marcus Alert Bill that expands crisis responses for mental health emergencies passes house

(Virginia) A bill recently passed the Virginia house and senate that would affect mental health awareness responses. The bill will create the Marcus alert system which is named after Marcus-David Peters who was shot and killed in 2018 during an encounter with Richmond police. Since two different bills were passed between the house and senate, a resolution is needed to pass a reconciled bill. “The bill would require Virginia Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and Criminal Justice Services to establish guidelines and training programs for crisis teams, call center employees, clinical staff and Marcus alert system users by Dec. 1, 2021. Every locality must have a Marcus alert system with care teams by July 1, 2022, according to the bill.” More of this story here.

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