VA SB5038 | 2020 | 1st Special Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 5-0)
Status: Engrossed on September 15 2020 - 50% progression
Action: 2020-09-17 - Referred to Committee on Public Safety
Pending: House Public Safety Committee
Hearing: Sep 21 in Virtual Meeting
Text: Latest bill text (Comm Sub) [HTML]


Comprehensive crisis services; mental health awareness response and community understanding services (Marcus) alert system. Directs the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to develop a comprehensive crisis service continuum comprised of a crisis call center, mobile crisis teams, crisis stabilization centers, and a Marcus alert system. The Department, in collaboration with stakeholders, shall develop a plan for the implementation of a Marcus alert system by July 1, 2021, and requires that every locality be served by a Marcus alert system by July 1, 2022. The bill also directs the Department of Criminal Justice Services to develop a plan for law-enforcement's role in the Marcus alert system and protocols for law-enforcement participations.

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Mental health crises; DCJS to assist DBHDS, etc., with development of Marcus alert system.


Roll Calls

2020-09-16 - Senate - Senate: Passed Senate (25-Y 12-N) (Y: 25 N: 12 NV: 3 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-09-16 - Senate - Senate: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) (Y: 37 N: 0 NV: 3 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-09-16 - Senate - Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 15-N) (Y: 21 N: 15 NV: 4 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-09-10 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (Y: 40 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-09-09 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (10-Y 4-N) (Y: 10 N: 4 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-08-20 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Judiciary with substitute (12-Y 0-N 2-A) (Y: 12 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 2) [PASS]


2020-09-17HouseReferred to Committee on Public Safety
2020-09-17HouseRead first time
2020-09-17HousePlaced on Calendar
2020-09-16SenatePassed Senate (25-Y 12-N)
2020-09-16SenateReconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N)
2020-09-16SenateRead third time and passed Senate (21-Y 15-N)
2020-09-15SenateEngrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB5038S2
2020-09-15SenateCommittee substitute agreed to 20201007D-S2
2020-09-15SenateReading of substitute waived
2020-09-15SenateCommittee substitute rejected 20200914D-S1
2020-09-15SenateReading of substitute waived
2020-09-15SenateRead second time
2020-09-10SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
2020-09-09SenateCommittee substitute printed 20201007D-S2
2020-09-09SenateReported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (10-Y 4-N)
2020-08-20SenateRereferred to Finance and Appropriations
2020-08-20SenateIncorporates SB5084 (McClellan)
2020-08-20SenateCommittee substitute printed 20200914D-S1
2020-08-20SenateReported from Judiciary with substitute (12-Y 0-N 2-A)
2020-08-14SenateReferred to Committee on the Judiciary
2020-08-14SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200617D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
91102(n/a)See Bill Text
91187.1(n/a)See Bill Text
91188.1(n/a)See Bill Text
91189.1(n/a)See Bill Text

Virginia State Sources

Bill Comments