Barrier crimes; adult substance abuse and mental health treatment providers. (SB555)

Introduced By

Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Barrier crimes; adult substance abuse and mental health treatment providers. Provides that a community services board or a substance abuse or mental health treatment provider licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services may hire for compensated employment at an adult substance abuse or mental health treatment program a person who was convicted of burglary. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102507D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/19/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB555)
01/19/2018Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (9-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2018Committee substitute printed 18105470D-S1
01/22/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2018Read second time
01/23/2018Reading of substitute waived
01/23/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18105470D-S1
01/23/2018Motion to recommit to committee agreed to (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2018Recommitted to Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/26/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB555)
01/26/2018Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Read second time
01/29/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB555S1
01/30/2018Read third time and passed Senate (32-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB555S1)
02/05/2018Placed on Calendar
02/05/2018Read first time
02/05/2018Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/16/2018Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #2
02/20/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 3-N)
02/22/2018Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2018Read second time
02/27/2018Read third time
02/27/2018Passed House (62-Y 36-N)
02/27/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (62-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB555ER)
03/01/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB555ER)
03/01/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House reprinted (SB555ER)
03/01/2018Signed by Speaker
03/03/2018Signed by President
03/06/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 6, 2018
03/06/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/30/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 569 (effective 7/1/18)
03/30/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0569)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 1 minute.


Warsaw Wahid Shabazz Allah (Wahid Shabazz) writes:


This is great news! I reluctantly changed my Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling to become an LPC because of a 27 year old burglary charge standing in the way of me being eligible for hire including fieldwork and internship.

This has caused me great stress and choosing a degree in Human Services instead of becoming an LPC has altered my academic and career path significantly.

As a recovering addict and former offender, it is part of my active recovery plan and maintaining stability to give back and pay it forward as it relates to the underserved and underrepresented populations such as those caught in the throes of addiction, incarceration, relapse, and recidivism, along with deviant, antisocial, and maladaptive behaviors.

Once an individual has paid his/her debt to society by serving their sentence, completing probation/parole, paid their court costs, fines, restitution, and had their rights restored, there should be a Certificate of Rehabilitation that allows former offenders to prove their sincerity and continuous efforts to live positive, productive lives, and their dedication to contributing to the betterment of society.

In closing, I want to thank all people and parties involved with proposing and passing this legislation. This should be only the beginning of reducing the rigid barrier crimes laws preventing reformed citizens true freedom, justice, and equality as it pertains to employment, education, housing, and social assistance.

Warsaw Wahid ShabazzAllah
A Firm Foundation, Inc.