Saying he is “alive for a reason and I will work for change,” Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds has told a Virginia news outlet that his life’s work now “is to make sure other families don’t have to go through what we are living.”
The day before the attack and the younger man’s suicide, Gus Deeds was given a mental health evaluation and local authorities tried to have him placed in a psychiatric facility where he could get care. But they did not locate such a facility before time expired on an emergency custody order. Questions have been raised about whether officials contacted enough hospitals. Regardless, Gus Deeds was released.
Now, as Politico reports, Creigh Deeds has told Virginia’s The Recorder that he believes the local Community Services Board that oversees cases such as his son’s is responsible for what happened. Politico writes that:
“Deeds, the Democratic nominee for attorney general in 2005 and for governor in 2009, spoke with law enforcement and gave them complete access to his medical records and property, the paper said. Deeds emphasized the need for improvement in the state’s mental health services.
” ‘I hope we can make a positive change as a result of this tragedy,’ Deeds told The Recorder. ‘I hope the justice we can get for my son is to force change in the delivery system for mental health services.’ ”