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A task force created after a state senator's mentally ill son attacked him is proposing a wider window to ensure that people who are a threat to themselves or others can get the emergency psychiatric care they need.
Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds is speaking out about the attack on him by his mentally-ill son, Gus Deeds. He talks to 60 Minutes and says Virginia's mental health system is to blame for the November attempted murder-suicide.
In the wake of a state senator's stabbing and his son's suicide, a new study from the University of Virginia finds that most psychaitric patients who require hospitalization are able to find a bed within six hours. But in rare cases when no bed can be found quickly, the results can be devastating.
As police studied evidence into what led to the attack on state Sen. Creigh Deeds, a Virginia health official said his office opened an investigation into why the legislator's son was reportedly released from emergency custody the day before he stabbed his father and killed himself.
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