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Bell Hopes To Play Role In Mental Health Reform

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Bell Hopes To Play Role In Mental Health Reform

A local lawmaker says he wants to help prevent major problems in Virginia’s mental health system. Albemarle Delegate Rob Bell hopes to be on a proposed task force that will examine procedures for those with a mental health crisis. Bell is dismayed by last month’s incident that involved the late Gus Deeds, son of State Senator Creigh Deeds. Gus Deeds was sent home by a community services board in Rockbridge County after its staff determined it could NOT find any psychiatric beds in a private facility. The 24-year-old stabbed his father the following day, and then took his own life. Bell says Western State Hospital and other state-run facilities should be a default solution in these cases. He was a Wednesday guest on the Morning News with Rick and Jane.