1998 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Committee Approved)

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Facility Master Plan (language only)

Item 341 #6s

Item 341 #6s

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, resources needed to provide appropriate community capacity, the number 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 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."

(This amendment requires the development of a facility master plan, for state institutions that serve mentally disabled persons.)