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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Auditors: Dozens Of Va. Psychiatric Patients Denied Access To Care

Attack on Va. Sen. Creigh Deeds, allegedly by his son, raised new questions about lack of access to treatment

Virginia state auditors say they have opened an investigation following reports that Gus Deeds -- who sources said stabbed his father, state Sen. Creigh Deeds, before killing himself Tuesday -- was not able to find room in psychiatric treatment programs throughout much of the state.

Published reports have said Gus Deeds was released from Bath Community Hospital Monday following a mental health evaluation performed under an emergency custody order. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that a psychiatric bed could not be found for Gus Deeds at the time of his release over a wide area of western Virginia.

The next day, state police found Creigh Deeds stabbed multiple times in the head and torso; the son, Gus Deeds, was found dying of a gunshot wound to the head.


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