2012 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Barker
Report on Funding for Poison Control Centers (language only)

Item 297 #14s

Item 297 #14s

Health And Human Resources
Health, Department of

Page 222, line 41, after the period, insert:
"The Commissioner of Health shall report to the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees by November 1, 2012 on the level of funding needed to support the operations and services of the Poison Control Centers."

(This language amendment requires the Commissioner of Health to report to the money committees on the level of funding needed to support the Commonwealth's poison control centers. A 1990 report from the Department of Planning and Budget indicated $2.0 million annually was needed to operate poison control centers. Funding has been reduced by 70 percent in recent years. The current centers have supplemented funding from other resources, including support from the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University, but there are significant risks that one or more center may close, leaving many residents of the Commonwealth without access to poison control services.)