Group homes & residential facilities for children; regulations for licensure of programs offered. (SB472)

Introduced By

Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon) with support from co-patron Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Licensure of group homes and residential facilities for children. Eliminates provisions requiring the Department of Education and the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to regulate group homes and residential facilities for children. This bill requires the Department of Social Services to regulate group homes and residential facilities for children, requires the Department of Education to regulate educational programs and the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to regulate mental health, mental retardation or substance abuse services offered in group homes and residential facilities for children licensed by the Department of Social Services. Read the Bill »


03/12/2008: Passed the General Assembly


01/09/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08
01/09/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 083151232
01/09/2008Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/08/2008Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Committee substitute printed 085709232-S1
02/11/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Read second time
02/12/2008Reading of substitute waived
02/12/2008Committee substitute agreed to 085709232-S1
02/12/2008Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB472S1
02/12/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Communicated to House
02/14/2008Placed on Calendar
02/14/2008Read first time
02/14/2008Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/19/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB472S1)
02/19/2008Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (21-Y 0-N)
02/19/2008Committee substitute printed 088578232-H1
02/19/2008Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/22/2008Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources (Hamilton)
02/27/2008Reported from Appropriations (23-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2008Read second time
02/29/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB472H1)
03/03/2008Read third time
03/03/2008Committee substitute agreed to 088578232-H1
03/03/2008Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB472H1
03/03/2008Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
03/03/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
03/05/2008House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/08/2008Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB472ER)
03/08/2008Signed by Speaker
03/11/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB472ER)
03/11/2008Signed by President
03/12/2008Signed by Speaker
03/12/2008Signed by President
03/17/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB472ER)
04/11/2008Governor's recommendation received by Senate


Alison Hymes writes:

Great way to make sure children aren't protected in residential treatment. Take oversight out of the hands of MH licensing which does a great job and knows the territory and put it in the overburdened hands of Social Services which doesn't come close to doing the job MH licensing does. What we really need is MORE oversight, not less and we need to take decisons about closure out of the hands of political appointees and allow the licensing professionals to make these decisions themselves.

Who benefits from this bill? Not children in state care.

chris t. writes:

interesting that the lobbist for psy soutions contributed mucho dinaro to hanger then he sponsers a bill to reduce their oversight........hmmmmmmmm

Alison Hymes writes:

Psychiatric Solutions owns/operates Whisper Ridge in Charlottesville which should have lost its license a long time ago and nearly did. Less oversight of that place will lead to death. They almost lost a resident to assault already, had suicide attempts on "one on one" supposedly, failed to get needed medical care, sexual abuse by staff, if human rights advocates from DMHMRSAS and licensing folks aren't in there every week kids will die. No question. Meanwhile we have empty beds at Commonwealth Center For Children And Adolescents.

Alison Hymes writes:

Can anyone explain what the amended version of this bill means? What Department is the Amendment talking about? Who will be licensing residential facilities?