THE LEGAL SYSTEM IS FAILING OUR CHILDREN, LAW REVISION’S ARE NEEDED TO PROTECT 18–25 YEAR OLD’S

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/26/politics/creigh-deeds-attack/

SYSTEM FAILURE’S http://www.cbsnews.com/news/virginia-state-sen-creigh-deeds-its-clear-the-system-failed/

MUCH NEEDED REVISION’

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/04/virginia-gov-mcauliffe-signs-mental-health-legislation-102583.html

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.

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Creigh Deeds
CBS NEWS

 “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.”

Gus Deeds was a talented musician on the dean’s list at the College of William and Mary. But after he turned 21, he became delusional and was diagnosed as bipolar. Last November, his father was worried Gus would kill himself, so Deeds got a court order and sheriff’s deputies to take Gus to an emergency room.

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.

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