VA SB5084 | 2020 | 1st Special Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)
Status: Introduced on August 17 2020 - 25% progression, died in chamber
Action: 2020-08-20 - Incorporated by Judiciary
Text: Latest bill text (Prefiled) [HTML]


Mental health awareness response and community understanding services (Marcus) alert system. Provides that the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services shall support the development and establishment of a mental health awareness response and community understanding services (Marcus) alert system in localities and areas throughout the Commonwealth. The bill provides that, by July 1, 2021, every locality shall have established, or be part of an area that has established, a Marcus alert system that uses community care teams. An area can be a combination of one or more localities or institutions of higher education located therein that may have law-enforcement officers. 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" 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 gets routed for the appropriate services, including calls for service being directed to a community care team.

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


Roll Calls

2020-08-20 - Senate - Senate: Incorporated by Judiciary (Y: 15 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2020-08-20SenateIncorporated by Judiciary
2020-08-17SenateReferred to Committee on the Judiciary
2020-08-17SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200791D

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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