Inspector General Releases Deeds Report - - ABC13

Inspector General Releases Deeds Report

Gus and Creigh Deeds in 2009 Gus and Creigh Deeds in 2009

Richmond, VA - A wrong fax number is one of the things that kept the son of State Senator Creigh Deeds from getting the psychiatric treatment that might have saved his life, according to the findings of Virginia's Inspector General.

According to the newly released Critical Incident Investigation Report, there was a psychiatric bed available in Harrisonburg on November 18. That's about an hour and half drive from the Deeds' Bath County home.

The report says after two minutes on hold with Rockingham Memorial Hospital, the mental health evaluator hung up and attempted to fax a screening report to the hospital for a second time. The hospital never received either fax, because the fax number on the contact sheet the evaluator was referencing was incorrect.

According to the report, the Rockbridge Community Services Board didn't even know Gus was in the hospital until a family member called more than an hour after Gus was taken into emergency custody.

The evaluator didn't leave Lexington until the family member called and it took another hour and a half for the evaluator to get to Bath County Hospital.

That's nearly three hours, roughly half the maximum six-hour custody period. The evaluator failed to locate a psychiatric bed over the next three hours. Gus Deeds refused to stay in the hospital until a bed could be found and was released when the custody order expired.

The evaluator claims to have contacted ten psychiatric facilities, including Lewis Gale in Salem and Carilion in Roanoke. The Inspector General could only find phone records showing seven were called. Two of the three that weren't called had a bed, according to the report. Centra in Lynchburg was not on the list of contacted hospitals.

Click here to read the full report.

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