1998 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

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Facility Master Plan (language only)

Item 341 #8h

Item 341 #8h

Health And Human Resources
Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, Department of

Page 221, after line 52, insert:
"D. The Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services shall develop a community and facility master plan by December 1, 1998.  The plan shall utilize nationally recognized private sector consultants to determine the future number of individuals that can be served in the communities, resources needed to provide appropriate community capacity, the numbers of individuals that will continue to require facility care, and the optimum size and location of facilities.  The Department shall ensure that (i) that representatives of consumers, families and advocacy groups, as well as the economic development organizations for the area in which the facility is located, participate in the development of this plan, (ii) options for staff transition, economic impact on localities, and potential alternative uses for state facilities should be included in the plan, and (iii) any proposal for downsizing or changing the use of facilities shall be reviewed by representatives of the Virginia Municipal League and the Virginia Association of Counties to ensure that affected local governments are consulted.  In addition, the master plan should determine the feasibility of utilizing other operating models for state facilities, such as operation of a facility or a specialized program area by a private contractor.
E. Except as provided for in §4-5.12 a.1. of this Act, no real property under the control of the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services on behalf of the Commonwealth shall be sold or otherwise conveyed to another party prior to June 30, 1999, without the express approval of the Governor and General Assembly."

(This amendment is a recommendation of the House Joint Resolution 240 Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate the Future Delivery of Publicly Funded Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.)