VA HB5043 | 2020 | 1st Special Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 36-0)
Status: Engrossed on September 9 2020 - 50% progression
Action: 2020-09-16 - Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
Pending: Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Comm Sub) [HTML]


Mental health awareness response and community understanding services (Marcus) alert system. Provides that the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) shall support the development and establishment of a mental health awareness response and community understanding services (Marcus) alert system throughout the Commonwealth. The bill provides that, by July 1, 2021, DBHDS shall establish five Marcus alert programs and community care teams, one located in each of the five agency regions. By July 1, 2023, DBHDS shall establish five additional Marcus alert system programs and community care teams in such regions. Additional systems and teams are to be established in subsequent years and by July 1, 2026, all community services board or behavioral health geographical areas shall have established a Marcus alert system that uses community care teams. A "community care team" is defined in the bill as a group of mental health service providers working with registered peer recovery specialists and law-enforcement officers as a team, with the mental health service providers leading such team, to help stabilize individuals in crisis situations. A "mental health awareness response and community understanding services (Marcus) alert system" or "Marcus alert system" is defined in the bill as a process in which a call for service or other communication to an emergency 911 system or that is communicated with any other equivalent reporting system is routed for the appropriate services, including calls for service being directed to a community care team. The bill directs DBHDS and DCJS to submit a detailed plan for the establishment of a Marcus alert system that uses community care teams in community service boards or behavioral health authority geographical areas throughout the Commonwealth to the Joint Commission on Health Care no later than June 1, 2021

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Mental health awareness response & community understanding serv. (Marcus) alert syst.; establishes.


Roll Calls

2020-09-16 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Judiciary with substitute (8-Y 3-N) (Y: 8 N: 3 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-09-10 - House - House: VOTE: Passage (57-Y 39-N) (Y: 57 N: 39 NV: 3 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-09-04 - House - House: Reported from Appropriations with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (Y: 21 N: 1 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-08-25 - House - House: Reported from Public Safety with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (Y: 13 N: 9 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2020-09-16SenateRereferred to Finance and Appropriations
2020-09-16SenateCommittee substitute printed 20201198D-S1
2020-09-16SenateReported from Judiciary with substitute (8-Y 3-N)
2020-09-15SenateReferred to Committee on the Judiciary
2020-09-15SenateConstitutional reading dispensed
2020-09-10HouseVOTE: Passage (57-Y 39-N)
2020-09-10HouseRead third time and passed House (57-Y 39-N)
2020-09-10HousePassed by until after Resolutions Regular Calendar
2020-09-09HouseEngrossed by House - committee substitute HB5043H2
2020-09-09HouseAppropriations Committee substitute agreed to 20201114D-H2
2020-09-09HousePublic Safety Committee substitute rejected 20201023D-H1
2020-09-09HouseRead second time
2020-09-08HouseRead first time
2020-09-04HouseCommittee substitute printed 20201114D-H2
2020-09-04HouseReported from Appropriations with substitute (21-Y 1-N)
2020-08-25HouseReferred to Committee on Appropriations
2020-08-25HouseCommittee substitute printed 20201023D-H1
2020-08-25HouseReported from Public Safety with substitute (13-Y 9-N)
2020-08-17HouseReferred to Committee on Public Safety
2020-08-17HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200715D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
91102(n/a)See Bill Text
91193(n/a)See Bill Text
91196(n/a)See Bill Text

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