1998 Session

Budget Amendments - SB29 (Committee Approved)

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MHMR Facility Master Plan

Item 531 #30s

Item 531 #30s

First Year - FY1997 Second Year - FY1998
Central Appropriations
Central Appropriations FY1997 $0 FY1998 $200,000 GF

Page 129, line 6, strike "($14,621,280)" and insert "($14,421,280)".
Page 131 after line 9, insert:
"K.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, 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.
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 and advocacy groups participate in the development of this plan, as well as the economic development organization for the area in which the facility is located.  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 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.  In addition to the amounts provided in Chapter 924, Acts of Assembly (1997), a supplement of $200,000 is provided from the general fund for Item 327, Administrative and Support Services, in the second year for the master plan.  Up to $900,000 shall be provided for the plan, which shall include $700,000 from balances for the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services.  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."

(This amendment directs the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services to develop a community and facility master plan. The amendment provides $200,000 from the general fund to supplement $700,000 in unexpended balances for that purpose.)