Ok, VOCAL! Another opportunity to speak up!

Virginia is reviewing the regulations meant to protect the rights of peers receiving services from the state and state-licensed or funded agencies. The long, full name of these are the “Regulations to Assure the Rights of Individuals Receiving Services from Providers Licensed, Funded, or Operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.”

The proposed regulations are now in the 60 day public comment phase.  Here’s information from the state about how to review and offer feedback:

  • Public Comment Deadline: Tuesday, February 12, 2016.
  • All information about the proposed regulations is available on the Virginia Town Hall web site: http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewStage.cfm?stageid=6810.
  • Comments may be submitted by the deadline in writing online at that link, under the headingComment Period.’  Comments may also be submitted by the deadline in writing in hard copy or via email to the agency contact listed below.

Background:  The changes will improve the ability of the Human Rights Office to perform its mandated responsibilities and maximize resources, in a manner that promotes the vision of recovery, self-determination, empowerment and community integration for individual receiving services.  The intent of these proposed changes is to streamline the administrative process; improve program efficiencies and eliminate redundancies.  The standard regulatory action was started on April 17, 2014, and was approved in the proposed stage by the Governor on November 13, 2015.  A public hearing was held for the sole purpose of receiving public comment on the proposed regulation at the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services at 9 a.m., Wednesday, December 16, 2015.  Minutes from the hearing are included in the information available at the link above.

Agency Contact: Deb Lochart, Director, Office of Human Rights, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Jefferson Building, 1220 Bank Street, 7th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219; telephone (804) 786-0032; FAX (804) 371-2308; email deb.lochart@nulldbhds.virginia.gov.

For Your Information: A detailed chart of the standard regulatory process is available here: http://townhall.virginia.gov/UM/chartstandardstate.pdf.  At this time, the regulatory action is in the second column, in the second box from the bottom of that column.

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