2007 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1650 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Watts
Co-Patron(s): Scott, J.M.
Distribution of Regional Funds for ESH Discharges (language only)

Item 312 #16h

Item 312 #16h

Health And Human Resources
Grants To Localities

Page 350, after line 32, insert:
"FF.  Out of the funds provided in the second year for regional restructuring projects, the Commissioner of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services shall allocate funding to the regions based on the proportion of residents from each region who are expected to be discharged into each region from affected facility downsizing."

(This amendment adds language requiring a redistribution of second year regional restructuring funds so they are allocated proportionately to reflect the number of facility discharges each region will receive as a result of facility downsizing. In the current year, although residents from Northern Virginia were slated for discharge from Eastern State Hospital's Hancock Geriatric Center, no restructuring funds were provided to help Northern Virginia communities provide the specialized services needed by these older adults. Typically, Northern Virginia residents use about 40 geriatric beds at Eastern State Hospital, due to the space and program limitations at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute.)