The Marcus-David Peters Act was signed into law in 2020 and is named in the honor of Marcus-David Peters, a young black male, who was fatally shot by police in 2018 in the midst of a behavioral health crisis. The Act modifies the Code of Virginia to direct Virginia to develop a comprehensive crisis system based on best practice models composed of a crisis call center, community care and mobile crisis teams, crisis stabilization centers and the Marcus Alert system. Implementation involves a system-wide approach and coordination to decrease Virginia’s reliance on law enforcement to be the primary response to behavioral health emergencies.
Colonial Behavioral Health and representatives from James City and York counties and the cities of Williamsburg and Poquoson are responsible for the development and implementation of local protocols to develop a comprehensive crisis system. We are seeking to establish a workgroup representative of the community and comprised of persons from local agencies, non-profits, law enforcement, faith-based organizations, community leaders, as well as people who have lived experience with mental health, substance use or developmental disability, and involvement with criminal justice system. The workgroup will have conversations to gain insight and inform the process for implementation of the comprehensive behavioral health response.
The workgroup will plan to meet on a monthly basis to develop an implementation plan by July 2022. Meetings will be held the fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m., beginning January 24. Meetings will be held in person as well as virtually.
If you are interested in being a part of the workgroup, please complete the application linked below. Due to the expedited timeline, the workgroup participants will be limited and selected based on their representation of various community groups.
If you have any questions or would like more information about Marcus Alert, please contact MarcusAlert@colonialbh.org.