Your voice is needed before tomorrow, February 14, 2020 regarding barrier crimes legislation.
HB1540 adds additional crimes to the list of barrier crimes for which an exception is available in the case of employment with an adult substance abuse or mental health program at community services boards and private providers of behavioral health services licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. The bill also allows the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to hire individuals convicted of various barrier crimes in a position of employment at a state facility if the Department determines that the individual has been rehabilitated successfully and is not a risk to individuals receiving services.
HB1540 is assigned to the Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee. HB1540 is on the Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee docket TOMORROW, Friday, February 14, 2020 at 8:30 a.m., Senate Room A in the Pocahontas Building.
ACT NOW!!! Please contact members of the Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee to let them know your thoughts on HB1540 before tomorrow morning, February 14, 2020.
VOCAL published this document for its use in educating legislators on the importance of peer services and the impact of barrier crimes on those services. Please feel free to use this piece for educational purposes while contacting your legislators should you so desire.
The members of the Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee are:
Senator Barbara A. Favola (Chair), (804) 698-7531, firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr., (804) 698-7524, email@example.com
Senator Mamie E. Locke, (804) 698-7502, firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Ryan T. McDougle, (804) 698-7504, email@example.com
Senator Bryce E. Reeves, (804) 698-7517, firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator A. Benton “Ben” Chafin, (804) 698-7538, email@example.com
Senator John A. Cosgrove, Jr., (804) 698-7514, firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Scott A. Surovell, (804) 698-7536, email@example.com
Senator Bill DeSteph, (804) 698-7508, firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Jeremy S. McPike, (804) 698-7529, email@example.com
Senator Lionell Spruill, Sr., (804) 698-7505, firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator T. Montgomery “Monty” Mason, (804) 698-7501, email@example.com
Senator Jennifer B. Boysko, (804) 698-7533, firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Joseph D. Morrissey, (804) 698-7516, email@example.com
Senator Jennifer A. Kiggans, (804) 698-7507, firstname.lastname@example.org