Office of the Children's Ombudsman. (SB937)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Office of the Children's Ombudsman. Creates the Office of the Children's Ombudsman to provide ombudsman services, including investigation of complaints, advocacy, and information for children, parents, and citizens involved with child-serving agencies, defined in the bill. The bill also provides for the Office of the Governor to conduct a needs assessment with the Department of General Services to provide for office space needs of the Office of the Children's Ombudsman. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/29/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100354D
12/29/2016Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/16/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB937)
01/23/2017Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2017Committee substitute printed 17104618D-S1
01/23/2017Rereferred to Finance
01/25/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB937S1)
02/01/2017Committee amendments
02/01/2017Failed to report (defeated) in Finance (6-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)


Susan Lawrence writes:

Just UHS's residential facilities (largest provider in Virginia) received $90 million+ from Virginia tax dollars in 2015!! With other facilities that number goes way over $100 million of our tax dollars. But our General Assembly is not sure they can find $366,000 in the budget to fund a Children's Ombudsman office to provide oversight for the services that money buys??? DBHDS is not doing their job and children are trapped by overlapping regulations and agencies. Virginia needs to cut Medicaid payments by 5% for large residential treatment facilities and tax facilities for out of state children in those facilities to fund Virginia's Children's Ombudsman office, SB937. There are possibly more out of state children than in state children in residential facilities in Virginia (nobody actually keeps count), but our tax dollars pay for the oversight/licensing of these huge facilities. From UHS 2015 SEC 10k ... "as discussed below in Sources of Revenue, we receive revenues from various state and county based programs, including Medicaid in all the states in which we operate, (we receive Medicaid revenues in excess of $90 million annually from each of Texas, Washington, D.C., California, Nevada, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Massachusetts and Florida); CMS-approved Medicaid supplemental programs in certain states including Texas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Mississippi, California, Ohio and Arkansas, and; state Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments in certain states including Texas and South Carolina. We are therefore particularly sensitive to potential reductions in Medicaid and other state based revenue programs as well as regulatory, economic, environmental and competitive changes in those states. We can provide no assurance that reductions to revenues earned pursuant to these programs, particularly in the above-mentioned states, will not have a material adverse effect on our future results of operations;" Here is Universal Health Services SEC 10k for 2015.