2023 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1400 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Delaney
Transition Resources for Youth (language only)

Item 336 #1h

Item 336 #1h

Health and Human Resources
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services


Page 423, after line 2, insert:

"A.1. The the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services shall work with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC), Virginia Commonwealth University's (VCU's) Partnership for People with Disabilities, and the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) to ensure that online resources are readily available and disseminated to all students with disabilities who are of transition age and their families. This includes utilization and promotion of PEATC's online training course, Transition University (TU), conducted in coordination with VDOE and PEATC's online transition guide and resource documents on its website.

2. The DARS, VDOE, DBHDS, PEATC, VCU's Partnership for People with Disabilities, and VCU's RRTC shall: (i) explore whether these online resources should be expanded to ensure full coverage of resources for students with disabilities on transition services beyond high school, including transfer requirements, provider and service options, diploma requirements for future career or educational goals, and other helpful information; (ii) assess whether PEATC's online resources, including Transition University and PEATC's transition webpage should serve as the central hub or a separate website should be developed with the goal of ensuring access to families and promotion of resources and information by DARS and DBHDS without duplicating existing efforts; and (iii) review transition resources on other organizational websites including, but not limited to, Partnership for People with Disabilities."


(This amendment directs the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to work with other state agencies and other interested parties to ensure the availability and expand resources to assist students with disabilities who are transitioning beyond high school and their parents plan for their future needs whether it be education, employment or other needs. This is a recommendation of the Virginia Commission on Youth.)