National Press Club

Virginia state Senator Deeds to speak at Luncheon on mental health, Monday, March 31

March 6, 2014 | By Angela Greiling Keane |

Virginia state Senator Creigh Deeds, who is pushing in the Virginia legislature for mental health-care reform, will speak on mental health at a National Press Club Luncheon Monday, March 31.

Deeds, a Democrat, began his work on mental health after his son, who had a serious mental illness, died last year after being denied inpatient treatment.

Deeds is a former county prosecutor who authored a law allowing public access to the Virginia sex offender registry. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1991 and left the House in 2001 to join the state Senate. He was the Democratic nominee for governor in 2009.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., with remarks beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $22 for Press Club members ( NPC Members may purchase 2 tickets at this rate) and $36 for all other non-member tickets.

Tickets may be purchased here. For questions, please email or call 202-662-7501. Tickets must be paid for at the time of purchase.

Club members who wish to attend the pre-luncheon reception must RSVP separately to 48 hours before the event. Space may be limited. You must have a paid reservation to the luncheon to attend the VIP reception
To submit a question in advance, put DEEDS the subject line and email to before 10 a.m. on the day of the luncheon.