1998 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Facility Master Plan (language only)

Item 341 #6c

Item 341 #6c

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

Page 221, after line 52, insert:
"D.1. 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 consultants to determine the future number of individuals that can be served in the communities, the resources needed to provide appropriate community capacity, the number of individuals who will continue to require facility care, and the optimum size and location of facilities.
2.  As part of the master plan, the Department shall develop a plan for projecting and addressing the needs of the mentally ill geriatric population.  The plan shall include an assessment of the capacity and need for geriatric units in state hospitals, and methods for developing capacity in communities and in nursing facilities.
3.  The Department shall ensure that representatives of consumers, families, advocacy groups, and the economic development organization for the area in which the facility is located
participate in the development of this plan.  Options for staff transition, economic impact on localities, and potential alternative uses for state facilities shall be included in the final report.  In addition, the master plan shall 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.
4.  As specific plans for downsizing or changing the use of facilities are formulated, the Department shall work with the Virginia Municipal League and the Virginia Association of Counties to ensure that those local governments most affected will be consulted and included in the formulation and implementation of any plans regarding state facilities.
5.  Any unexpended balance for the plan on June 30, 1998, shall not revert to the general fund but shall be reappropriated for expenditure in the succeeding year.
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 development of a facility master plan for state institutions that serve mentally disabled persons.)