Local Human Rights Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 21, 2016
502 Old Lynchburg Rd
LHRC Board Members in attendance:
Advocates in attendance:
Cassie Purtlebaugh, Regional Human Rights Advocate
Artea Ambrose, Regional Human Rights Advocate
Affiliates in attendance:
Sheri Gauthier, Region Ten CSB
Joann Murphy, Region Ten CSB
Pam Fisher, Region Ten CSB
Rondalyn Palmer, Fair Winds
Erin McKowan, Family Preservation Services
Lindsay Jackson, Wall Residences
Leela Lipscombe, CAVA
Kelly Greer, National Counseling Group
Nikki Bowles, Elk Hill
Tess Shipe, Behavioral Health & Wellness
Michelle Bornhoft, Worksource Enterprises
Tosha Berry, Creative Family Solutions
Trepin Tate, Health Connect America
Vanessa Kilby, Family Preservation
Mark Seymour, VIA
Chuck Collins, ARC of the Piedmont
LaKeta Kelley, New Y-CAPP
Michael Crosby, Blue Ridge First Step
James Vann, REACH, Easter Seals UCP
Items covered during the meeting:
On December 14, 2015, in the Virginia Register of Regulations (Volume 32, Issue 8), the State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services published for public comment the proposed changes to sections of 12VAC35-115. Regulations to Assure the Rights of Individuals Receiving Services from Providers Licensed, Funded, or Operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, hereafter referred to as the “Human Rights Regulations” (amending 12VAC35-115-10, 12VAC35-115-30, 12VAC35-115-50, 12VAC35-115-60, 12VAC35-115-90, 12VAC35-115-100, 12VAC35-115-110, 12VAC35-115-130, 12VAC35-115-145, 12VAC35-115-150, 12VAC35-115-180, 12VAC35-115-190, 12VAC35-115-200, 12VAC35-115-210, 12VAC35-115-230; adding 12VAC35-115-105, 12VAC35-115-175, 12VAC35-115-260, 12VAC35-115-270; repealing 12VAC35-115-140, 12VAC35-115-170, 12VAC35-115-250).
Purpose: This is a reminder that the proposed regulations are now in the 60 day public comment phase.
Background: The changes will improve the ability of the Human Rights Office to perform its mandated responsibilities and maximize resources, in a manner that promotes the vision of recovery, self-determination, empowerment and community integration for individual receiving services. The intent of these proposed changes is to streamline the administrative process; improve program efficiencies and eliminate redundancies. The standard regulatory action was started on April 17, 2014, and was approved in the proposed stage by the Governor on November 13, 2015. A public hearing was held for the sole purpose of receiving public comment on the proposed regulation at the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services at 9 a.m., Wednesday, December 16, 2015. Minutes from the hearing are included in the information available at the link above.
Agency Contact: Deb Lochart, Director, Office of Human Rights, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Jefferson Building, 1220 Bank Street, 7th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219; telephone (804) 786-0032; FAX (804) 371-2308; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Your Information: A detailed chart of the standard regulatory process is available here: http://townhall.virginia.gov/UM/chartstandardstate.pdf. At this time, the regulatory action is in the second column, in the second box from the bottom of that column.
Comments from Affiliates- None noted.
The LHRC Meeting was adjourned.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2016
We would like to thank everyone that attended this meeting and those who presented during the meeting. Please remember that everyone is invited to attend each LHRC Meeting held