SYSTEM FAILURE’S http://www.cbsnews.com/news/virginia-state-sen-creigh-deeds-its-clear-the-system-failed/
MUCH NEEDED REVISION’
It was a shock last November when a Virginia state senator was slashed in the face and stabbed by his son. In an interview for “60 Minutes,” Sen. Creigh Deeds speaks for the first time on television about the attack and what he sees as acritical failure in mental health care – a failure that ended in the death of his 24-year-old son, Gus.
“I really don’t want Gus to be defined by his illness,” Deeds says. “I don’t want Gus to be defined by what happened on the 19th. Gus was a great kid. He was a perfect son. It’s clear the system failed. It’s clear that it failed Gus. It killed Gus.”
There, calls went out to find an open bed in a psychiatric hospital. Because of a state law designed to protect patients, the court order would expire in six hours. If they didn’t find a hospital bed in six hours, Gus was going home.