1998 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

MHMRSA Masterplan (language only)

Item C-105.01 #1h

Item C-105.01 #1h

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

Page 366, after line 10, insert:
"C-105.01.  A.  The Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services shall develop a Community and Facility masterplan by December 1, 1998.  The Plan shall be developed utilizing 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, the optimum size and location of such facilities.
B.  The department shall ensure that representatives of consumers, families and advocacy groups, as well as the economic development organizations for which extant facilities are located, participate in development of the Plan.
C.  Options for staff transition, economic impact on affected localities, and potential alternative uses for state facilities should be included in the Plan.  In addition, the Plan shall determine the feasibility of utilizing other operating models for state facilities, such as operation of a facility or specialized program area by a private contractor.
D.  Any proposal for downsizing or changing the use of facilities shall be review by representatives of the Virginia Municipal League and the Virginia Association of Counties to ensure that affected local governments are consulted.
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 requires the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Service to compile a master plan for needed institutional facilities and community programs, as recommended by the House Joint Resolution 240 [1996] Subcommittee.)