2006 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hamilton
Clinical Evaluations for Sexually Violent Predators

Item 311 #8h

Item 311 #8h

First Year - FY2007 Second Year - FY2008
Health And Human Resources
Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, Department of FY2007 $506,250 FY2008 $506,250 GF

Page 276, line 51, strike "$33,083,876" and insert "$33,590,126".
Page 276, line 51, strike "$34,218,119" and insert "$34,724,369".

(This amendment provides $506,250 each year from the general fund for clinical evaluations ($433,500) and court testimony ($72,750) for the for sexually violent predators who are being considered for release from state correctional facilities. Clinical evaluations are required under § 37.2-904 of the Code of Virginia for sexually violent predators (SVPs). It is estimated that 289 SVP eligible offenders will be referred to the Clinical Review Committee for psycho-sexual evaluations prior to the state seeking civil commitment; 67% (194) will require an evaluation prior to the state initiating civil commitment proceedings. Each evaluation costs approximately $3,000 and evaluators are paid $750 per day for court testimony. DMHMRSAS was not provided funding for such evaluations and testimony when the SVP legislation was enacted in 2003. Funding is a recommendation of the Crime Commission's Sex Offender Task Force.)