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Virginia’s march toward mental health reform moves in fits and starts. And although there is forward movement overall, sometimes moving forward causes the state to stumble over new problems. That’s what’s happened with the issue of emergency custody orders for people needing psychiatric evaluation.

WASHINGTON — The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan has been released from a Washington mental hospital for good, more than …

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STAUNTON -- John Beghtol has spent 37 years working at Western State Hospital, watching the mental hospital evolve from a facility treating more than 1,300 patients to a modern institution with 246 beds and private rooms for patients.

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