Governor Bob McDonnell is promising "decisive action" in the area of mental health, following the tragic events in Bath County involving Senator Creigh Deeds and his son Gus.
McDonnell made the comments Tuesday morning during the program "Ask the Governor" on WTOP radio.
He said the state is still reviewing the circumstances that led up to the incident last week.
Investigators believe Gus Deeds stabbed his father, then shot and killed himself, one day after he was evaluated by mental health officials and released from custody.
McDonnell warned against a rush to judgement, but he acknowledged there are questions about the evaluation process, and the effort to find an available bed for Gus Deeds. He said the state is considering a number of different issues.
"And we're going to do everything we can to analyze the cause of this," McDonnell said on the program, "whether there were violations of protocols, whether we need changes in the law, whether we need longer commitment periods, whether we need more resources, whether we need greater crisis intervention teams, all of those things are being looked at."
McDonnell's staff is working on the budget he will present to the General Assembly before he leaves office. Tuesday, he said he intends to propose investments in mental health this session.