McAuliffe said at the ceremony that he wanted to remain focused on the mental health legislation, but he noted that expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act would provide millions of dollars more for mental health care. The General Assembly had taken up the cause of mental health reform after the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, boosting funding by tens of millions of dollars. But the extra money dried up with the recession. During this years General Assembly session, legislators voted to give officials more time to find psychiatric placements for patients under custody orders. If one cannot be found before such an order expires, the new law requires the state to provide a bed of last resort. It also compels the state to maintain a real-time online registry of available beds, a project that had been in the works go to website for years but did not come to fruition until after Austin Deedss death.
McAuliffe signs ‘first step’ to reforming Virginia’s mental health system – The Washington Post