A General Assembly subcommittee has approved one of the mental health bills introduced by State Senator Creigh Deeds.

Deeds explained the proposal in a meeting Tuesday afternoon.

It requires the state to review the requirements for the qualifications, training and oversight of mental health professionals who perform evaluations for emergency custody orders.

"It's my experience that perhaps there's not the urgency that needs to be in the population of people who do emergency custody orders, and I want to make sure that before we make recommendations on changes to the qualifications that we get it right," Deeds said.

Deeds didn't speak about events in November.

Gus Deeds wounded his father, then shot and killed himself one day after being released from emergency custody.

The panel sent the bill to the full Senate Education and Health Committee for consideration later this week.

Deeds has introduced three other bills he hopes will improve Virginia's mental health system.