Behavioral health services; posting of certain information to be available on its website. (SB1451)

Introduced By

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Charlottesville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Licensure of behavioral health services; posting of information.  Provides that the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services shall make certain information about behavioral health services providers licensed by the Department, including reports of reviews or inspections of services and facilities, available on its website and requires service providers to make such information available to the public on a website maintained by the provider and in any waiting room or public area of the provider. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/21/2011Presented and ordered printed 11103706D
01/21/2011Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/25/2011Assigned Education sub: Health Licensing
01/31/2011Reported from Education and Health with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2011Committee substitute printed 11104778D-S1
01/31/2011Rereferred to Finance
01/31/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1451)
02/02/2011Reported from Finance (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2011Read second time
02/04/2011Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11104778D-S1
02/04/2011Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1451S1
02/07/2011Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2011Placed on Calendar
02/08/2011Read first time
02/08/2011Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/11/2011Assigned HWI sub: #4
02/15/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 0-N)
02/15/2011Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/15/2011Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendments (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2011Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/16/2011Assigned App. sub: Health and Human Resources
02/21/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1451S1)
02/21/2011Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/22/2011Left in Appropriations


Andrew Wynham writes:

I sincerely urge all to work diligently to pass this measure!

Brett D Wills writes:

In the interest of continued transparency, safety, accountability for the taxpayers dollar, and generqal common sense, I would support this bill even if there WEREN'T severe systemic problems with private facilities I have experience with. Deaths at Grafton. Deaths at Lynchburg. Sexual assaults at Liberty point. Sexual Assaults at Whisper risge. Sexual Assaults at the pines. all at taxpayer expense...and all known about by DMAS but NOT made available to the public and the legislature. It;s time to turn some lights on and fix some stuff.

Mary P. Hawthorne writes:

Passage of SB1451 can be the beginning of Virginia
providing transparency for the horrible abuse of
our children in private facilities. I encourage
members of the General Assembly to refer to the
website "Keep an Eye on PSI (and UHS!) and then
let their conscience guide their vote. These
horrors MUST stop.

Brett D Wills writes:


I am hearing rumors that Director Salzburg over behavoral health has insisted that there will be a prohibitive cost involved with this important bill and that it mut be run through senate finance commitee. I belive the stated cost Mr. Salzburg believed would be incurred was 50,000 dollars.

As Behavioral health already has a website where other information is posted and people on staff to do this posting I am not sure where Mr. Salzburg believes this cost would be incurred. I am certain that DSS would not go to the trouble of posting similar reports regarding the innapropriate slicing of frankfurters and frequency of sheet-washing if it wasn't bothe extremely important and cost-effective.

I call "B.S." on this position by behavioral health. They don't wish to post reports because they know that the reports look really really BAD. Which is the same reason they MUST.

Just my two cents worth.

P.S. they don't have to use Senator Mark Warner's consulting firm to implement this addition to their website, if that's what they are thinking. :) I mean...I could show them how to hyperlink a PDF for free, if none of their employees have an elementary school aged child who can show them.

Sincerely, Brett Wills, Staunton VA, 24401, 540-487-0637

Jonathan Dosick writes:

From Massachusetts, where Universal Health Services also wreaks havoc on children, adolescents and families, I wholeheartedly applaud this bill. This kind of bold advocacy is needed nationally!

Stephen Hawthorne writes:

Senators, I urge you to vote for this bill. Transparency and accountability in the behavioral health industry make for better and safer care for our most precious asset, children.

robert legge writes:

You mean this isn't already the law of the land?

Waldo Jaquith writes:

I don't know a whole lot about this industry (or, frankly, about mental health issues, period), but of what I know, this seems pretty important. There's a place here in Charlottesville that changes its name every time they get caught doing something totally outrageous. They were The Millmont Center, then Brown Schools, then Whisper Ridge, and now the Jefferson Trail Treatment Center for Children. That's all in the span of a decade. Time and time again they're caught doing totally outrageous things—tying kids up and leaving them, having sex with their young patients ("rape" is the word for that, I believe), sexual assault, shockingly bad staff to patient ratios, and human rights violations. So they just change their name and hope people will forget it was them. I would love to see this outfit have to post their record online, on their own website.

Mary P. Hawthorne writes:

Thank you Senator Deeds, Senators and Delegates for your
efforts and courage in bringing this Bill as far as it has come and for your commitment to see that it finishes running the course and becomes law. Finally, Virginia will have started to shine light on the dark and ugly reality of how our children have been treated in these residential centers. I continue to be amazed as I tell my story about my grandson's abuse how few people have any idea of the horror that has existed for so long (including legislators) How would they know if it doesn't have to be reported???? When
I tell them about the physical, emotional and sexual
abuse that has occurred to so many children who were
entrusted to companies getting $1,000.00 a day to take
care of them, they say, "That can't be..not in Virginia."
It is true but hopefully not for much longer...not in
Refer to Keep an Eye on PSI (and UHS)! It's not pretty!

Brett D Wills writes:

after reading the fiscal impact statement from the folks at behavoral health trying to avoid having to implement this bit of common sense bang for the taxpayers buck bit of transparency and hope....I'm even MORE disturbed. Read the link and you will see what I list of parents or guardians at behavioral health for these kids? really? too many to inspect? then why are we letting homes set up shop here to take in out-of-state children?

if one of these places burned down would we even know how to get in touch with the families? Would behavioral health even TRY to? We have 378 facilities housing children who effectively have no civil rights and no way to monitor their licenses or investigations of the problems behavioral health actually investigated in a timely manner even INTERNALY???????

Seems to me I have found a good agency to use that zero-based budgeting everyone likes this year...what the hell do they DO with their money?

Thank you, folks at behavioral health for showing us that the problem is even WORSE than we thought it was! You may go......

Brett Wills, Staunton Virginia

Mary P. Hawthorne writes:

.....well the Senate certainly did their part today in
bringing more "sunshine" to the dark and dank corners of
hidden abuse in residential centers for children. Kudos
to Senator Deeds, the Senate and Susan Lawrence for their
votes and untiring efforts.

Fran Tepper writes:

Thank you to Susan Lawrence and to the Senate and Senator Deeds. I am an out of state parent of a child in an RTC that horribly misrepresented themselves. I fear for my childs safety. It is time for transparency all around. Living far away I feel helpless, and sadly it is beyond impossible to find anything on the internet about these facilities....especially the truth. I am left to only look at a brochure, which has words that manage to say basically nothing. No statement of what it actually is. Thank you for pursing this and not giving up. Children are to precious and to vulnerable. How dare these facilities prey on the most innocent of victims.

Mary P. Hawthorne writes:

How sad that SB1451 was not passed! Not only was it not
passed but was left without any fingerprints as to cause
of death.
Thank you to those individuals who worked so hard to give
the same transparency rights to our special needs children
in residential centers when they are raped, abused and
neglected as inmates in our jails have.
This is the year of elections. Question and demand an
answer from your representative regarding where they stand
on SB1451. Our children must be protected!