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Governor McAuliffe to sign mental health bill into law today

Governor Terry McAuliffe and Senator Creigh Deeds will be in Charlottesville today at 1:30 p.m..

That's when McAuliffe will sign SB260 into law.

The new law will go into effect on July 1.

It will extend the length of an emergency custody order from four to eight hours.

That will give mental health care workers more time to find psychiatric beds for patients.

State hospitals will also be required to admit those patients if private beds can't be found.

For Senator Deeds, this is just one step towards reform of Virginia's Mental Healthcare System.

The official signing will take place at the University of Virginia Medical Center.