Employment First practices; SHHR, et al., to adopt, etc., in providing service to certain persons. (SJ127)

Introduced By

Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Employment First initiatives.  Encourages the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to adopt and implement Employment First practices in providing and coordinating services to Virginians with disabilities. Read the Bill »


02/24/2012: Passed the House


01/20/2012Presented and ordered printed 12104047D
01/20/2012Referred to Committee on Rules
02/03/2012Reported from Rules
02/06/2012Reading waived (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2012Read second time and engrossed
02/08/2012Read third time and agreed to by Senate by voice vote
02/13/2012Placed on Calendar
02/13/2012Read first time
02/13/2012Referred to Committee on Rules
02/21/2012Reported from Rules (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2012Taken up
02/24/2012Agreed to by House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/24/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/14/2012Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ127ER)


Ned Campbell writes:

The Virginia Rehabilitation Association is the largest organization representing vocational rehabilitation professionals in the nation. Our members are highly successful in helping individuals with disabilities overcome barriers to employment. Individuals with disabilities provide the state with significant return on investment through paying taxes and reducing reliance on benefits. The VRA is a member of a large alliance of organizations that support Employment First initiatives. We encourage the Commonwealth to change and extend the framework of coordination and support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who would like to work in their communities. This initiative will be of critical importance in transitioning these individuals from institutional to community-based supports.