VIEW; screening and assessment of public assistance recipients for use of illegal substances. (SB83)

Introduced By

Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Substance abuse screening and assessment of public assistance recipients.  Requires local departments of social services to screen each participant in the Virginia Initiative for Employment Not Welfare (VIEW) to determine whether probable cause exists to believe the participant is engaged in the use of illegal substances. The bill provides that when a screening indicates cause to believe a participant is using illegal substances, the local department of social services shall require a formal substance abuse assessment of the participant, which may include drug testing. In cases in which drug testing is required, the participant shall pay the cost of such testing. Any person who fails or refuses to participate in a screening or assessment without good cause or who tests positive for the use of illegal substances shall be ineligible to receive TANF payments for a period of one year, unless he enters into and complies with the requirements of a drug treatment program; however, an individual has one opportunity during the subsequent 12-month period to comply with the screening, assessment, or treatment requirements and be reinstated to eligibility for TANF benefits. Read the Bill »


02/03/2012: Merged into SB6


01/09/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100217D
01/09/2012Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/18/2012Impact statement from DHCD (SB0083)
01/30/2012Assigned Rehab sub: Social Services
01/31/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB83)
02/03/2012Incorporated by Rehabilitation and Social Services (SB6-Martin) (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)