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Va. mental health task force holds 1st meeting

Tuesday - 1/7/2014, 5:51pm  ET

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Gov. Bob McDonnell is urging his mental health task force to work quickly so at least some reforms can be made during the 2014 General Assembly.

McDonnell spoke at the commission's first meeting Tuesday. The 37-member Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response will meet again Jan. 28.

The governor created the task force after the November death of state Sen. Creigh (KREE) Deeds' son. Gus Deeds stabbed his father multiple times before committing suicide at their Bath County home. The incident occurred hours after Gus Deeds had been released from an emergency custody order.

McDonnell said that with Deeds joining the rest of his colleagues for the start of the legislative session Wednesday, everyone in the assembly has a personal commitment to improve the system.

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