As you may be aware, there have been many inquiries about the incident involving the family of Creigh Deeds. While we understand the nature of the questions, we also respect the family’s privacy. First of all, we want to express our sadness and deepest sympathy for the Deeds family. While I cannot confirm whether or not anyone was issued an Emergency Custody Order (ECO), what information we can provide at this time is the typical procedure involved in an ECO. Once a person is taken into custody under an ECO they can be held for up to 4 hours while an evaluation from a Mental Health professional is conducted. Within those four hours, if a mental health professional determines that they need a psychiatric bed space, they have to use those same 4 hours to locate a receiving facility. In certain conditions a 2 hour extension is granted by a magistrate, but under no circumstances can a person be held beyond 6 hours involuntarily under an ECO. We ask that the community respect the family’s privacy while they grieve the loss of their son and brother.
Dennis A. Cropper, Ph.D.
Rockbridge Area Community Services