Federal Rehabilitation Act and Older Americans Act; amends certain language in Code. (HB740)

Introduced By

Del. Joseph Yost (R-Blacksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Federal Rehabilitation Act and Older Americans Act. Amends certain language in the Code of Virginia to conform to the federal Rehabilitation Act and Older Americans Act. The bill includes several transfers of powers and duties, including (i) the transfer from an entity designated by the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman (the Office) the authority to access clients, patients, individuals, facilities, and records in certain circumstances and (ii) the transfer from the Commissioner for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to the Office the duty to release information concerning completed investigations of complaints made under the programs of the Office. The bill also directs DARS to put in place mechanisms to prohibit and investigate allegations of interference, retaliation, and reprisals by long-term care facilities, other entities, or individuals with respect to any resident, employee, or other person for filing a complaint with, or providing information to, the Office. The bill adds to the services to be provided through grants or contracts with centers for independent living to include services that (i) facilitate the transition of individuals with significant disabilities from nursing homes and other institutions to home and community-based residences, (ii) provide assistance to individuals with significant disabilities who are at risk of entering institutions so that the individuals may remain in the community, and (iii) facilitate the transition of youth with significant disabilities, who were eligible for individualized education programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or who have completed their secondary education, to post-secondary life. The bill also requires that individualized plans for employment for recipients of vocational rehabilitation services provided or funded by DARS be developed as soon as possible, but not later than 90 days after the due date of the determination of eligibility. The bill also repeals a section of the Code of Virginia that listed certain services employers may provide through projects with DARS designed to provide vocational rehabilitation in realistic employment settings and to provide on-the-job training for persons with disabilities. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101572D
01/12/2016Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/15/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB740)
01/28/2016Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2016Committee substitute printed 16104879D-H1
01/29/2016Read first time
02/01/2016Read second time
02/01/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16104879D-H1
02/01/2016Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB740H1
02/02/2016Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/02/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/2016Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/04/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB740H1)
02/12/2016Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2016Read third time
02/16/2016Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB740ER)
02/17/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB740ER)
02/17/2016Signed by Speaker
02/18/2016Signed by President
02/18/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/18/16
02/18/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Thursday, February 25, 2016
02/25/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 27 (effective 7/1/16)
02/25/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0027)