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Va. officials begin planning new mental health care standards for jails
By roanoke.com- Patrick Wilson
Published: 03/21/2019

State officials are preparing to write new standards for health care and mental health services in local jails.

The move stems from legislation sent to Gov. Ralph Northam this year during an increased focus on jails in Virginia following the 2015 death of Jamycheal Mitchell in the Hampton Roads Regional Jail.

Mitchell, 24, had severe mental health problems and was not transferred from the jail to a state hospital as ordered by a judge.

The U.S. Department of Justice in December reported that medical and mental health care at the jail was so bad it violated inmates’ rights.

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