2000 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Conference Report)

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Restrict Disposition of MHMR Facilities (language only)

Item 323 #8c

Item 323 #8c

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

Page 253, after line 28, insert:
"J.1.  No facility operated by the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services shall be sold, privatized, closed, or converted to any other use without the approval of the General Assembly.
2.  The Department shall notify the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees of any plans for privatization or contractual initiatives, other than that prohibited by J.1. above, thirty days before implementation of such initiatives.  Notification shall include a formal analysis which shall include, but not be limited to, the following components:  (i) definition of activity and scope of work to be privatized; (ii) estimated amount and duration of the contract; (iii) number of employees impacted to include position title, grade, length of service and projected severance costs; (iv) options for retraining and/or alternate placements for displaced employees and potential retention rights with prospective contractors; (v) standards and outcome measures to assure maintenance of present levels of service and quality; (vi) comprehensive "make or buy" analysis, including all costs of present and proposed service and projected short-term and long-term savings; and (vii) options for application of contracts on a statewide basis or on a local option basis for facilities with unique geographical and/or service characteristics.
3.  These provisions shall not apply to capital outlay services.
4.  These provisions shall not extend authority to the Commissioner beyond that granted by the Code of Virginia.
5.  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 or agency prior to June 30, 2002, without the express approval of the Governor and General Assembly.  However, nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit the granting of easements to a locality or other political subdivision of the Commonwealth."

(This amendment restores language in the 2000-2002 budget that was included in the 1998-2000 Appropriations Act regarding the disposition of MHMR facilities and services.)