6 Years After VA Tech, State Studies New Mental Health Failure


Virginia's inspector general began an investigation Wednesday into why the son of state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds was released from psychiatric care the day before he apparently stabbed his father and then fatally shot himself with a rifle, reports the Washington Post. Gov. Robert McDonnell ordered a review of state and local mental-health services in the wake of the incident. Austin Deeds, 24, had undergone a psychiatric evaluation Monday, and officials initially said the reason he was not admitted to a hospital was that no bed was available. But multiple nearby hospitals later confirmed that they had available space but were never contacted.

Deeds, 55, was upgraded to good condition at a Charlottesville hospital where he was being treated for stab wounds to the face and chest. The state scrutiny of the case comes six years after a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech University before killing himself. The massacre prompted a wholesale evaluation and revamping of the state's mental health system, including millions of dollars in new funding.

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