2014 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Filler-Corn
Create Brain Injury Services Coordinator Position

Item 307 #6h

Item 307 #6h

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Health and Human Resources
Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Department of FY2015 $125,000 FY2016 $125,000 GF

Page 267, line 46, strike "$71,541,230" and insert "$71,666,230".
Page 267, line 46, strike "$72,181,716" and insert "$72,306,716".
Page 269, after line 48, insert:
"N.  The Commissioner, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services shall establish a goal of increasing supported living outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disability by five percent each year from the period of fiscal year 2015 through fiscal year 2020."

(This amendment adds funding and one full-time equivalent position to create a brain injury services coordinator within the agency. The position would be responsible for providing technical assistance to the agency in matters related to acquired brain injury (ABI) and in formulating policy affecting Virginians with ABI who have behavioral health needs and for whom services may not currently be available. The position would also be a liaison between persons with ABI, their families, advocates, provider agencies and other state agencies. The position is needed to help bridge the gap in the delivery of behavioral health services to individuals with ABI. Currently, the designated state agency administering funding for brain injury services is the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), however, DARS focus is on vocational rehabilitative, not behavioral health services.)