Source: Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services Discharge Report From 01/01/2003-03/02/2020.
These numbers seem suspiciously low compared to other death-in-custody data we have reviewed. Specifically in Kansas, 260 individuals are indefinitely detained and the facility has 45 deaths to date, whereas in Virginia we have 460 people currently committed and 15 deaths. Because Virginia has much broader use of conditional release, we suspect they are artificially decreasing their death statistics.
While the discharge report generated by DBHDS said that it was “death in hospital,” Virginia Center for Behavioral Health (VCBR) is in fact not a “hospital” and the residents are not “patients” because it is not accredited as a hospital — nor is it accredited as a prison (VCBR is not accredited at all).
|Month, Day, Year||Death in/out of Hospital|
|01/06/2012||Death out of Hospital|
|09/26/2012||Death out of Hospital|
|09/14/2015||Death out of Hospital|
|10/26/2015||Death in Hospital|
|02/01/2016||Death in Hospital|
|04/19/2016||Death in Hospital|
|09/20/2017||Death out of Hospital|
|11/04/2017||Death in Hospital|
|01/15/2018||Death in Hospital|
|02/08/2018||Death out of Hospital|
|04/15/2018||Death out of Hospital|
|08/05/2019||Death in Hospital|
|08/12/2019||Death out of Hospital|
|09/21/2019||Death out of Hospital|
|09/24/2019||Death out of Hospital|