Adult facilities; interviews with residents of facilities seeking licensure by DSS. (SB339)

Introduced By

Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Licensure of a facility; interviews with residents or participants.  Provides that interviews with residents or participants of facilities or programs licensed or seeking licensure by the Department of Social Services shall be (i) scheduled in advance of the interview and authorized by the person to be interviewed or his legally authorized representative, and (ii) limited to discussion of issues related to the applicant's or licensee's compliance with applicable laws and regulations. This bill also sets forth inspection requirements for assisted living facilities, and provides and that incident report filed by an assisted living facility, pursuant to regulations adopted by the Board, for any major incident that negatively affects or threatens the life, health, safety or welfare of any resident of the facility shall not be considered a complaint, but may trigger an investigation including an onsite visit if the Commissioner finds an investigation is necessary. Amends § 63.2-1706, § 63.2-1728, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103702D
01/12/2010Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/24/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB339)
01/29/2010Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2010Committee substitute printed 10104775D-S1
02/01/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2010Read second time
02/02/2010Reading of substitute waived
02/02/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10104775D-S1
02/02/2010Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB339S1
02/03/2010Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2010Placed on Calendar
02/08/2010Read first time
02/08/2010Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/10/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB339S1)
02/19/2010Assigned HWI sub: #2
02/23/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/25/2010Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2010Read second time
03/01/2010Read third time
03/01/2010Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
03/01/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2010Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB339ER)
03/08/2010Signed by President
03/08/2010Signed by Speaker
03/09/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB339ER)
04/11/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 603 (effective 7/1/10)
04/11/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0603)


Jack Ford writes:

Virginia wants to make sure that no one knows what is going on in these facilities including deaths and rapes so nobody and no group can know to stage a protest. Great transparency, open government, what's that? So if a child is killed, and it is reported as required by law, the Dept. can't post the incident on a Department website so parents won't know that anything is wrong at that facility. And leaving it to the discretion of a political appointee whether to investigate? The General Assembly just showed how much it "really cares" about children, disabled adults and older adults in Virginia. Virginia is for eugenicists, not lovers.