HB1025: Law-enforcement officers w/disability, former; vocational rehabilitation and employment services.


VIRGINIA ACTS OF ASSEMBLY -- CHAPTER
An Act to require the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services and law-enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth to make information about vocational rehabilitation programs and employment services available to certain law-enforcement officers.
[H 1025]
Approved

 

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. That the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services shall make information regarding vocational rehabilitation programs and employment services available to assist former law-enforcement officers who have a disability as a result of their service with preparing for, obtaining, and maintaining suitable employment, including information on the types of programs available and the process by which former law-enforcement officers who have a disability as a result of their service can access such programs and services, available to law-enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth.

§ 2. That every law-enforcement agency in the Commonwealth shall provide to every law-enforcement officer who separates from the agency due to a disability resulting from his service information regarding vocational rehabilitation programs and employment services available to assist former law-enforcement officers who have a disability as a result of their service with preparing for, obtaining, and maintaining suitable employment, including information on the types of programs available and the process by which such law-enforcement officers may access such programs and services.


HOUSE BILL NO. 1025
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
on February 4, 2020)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Delegate Adams, L.R.)
A BILL to require the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services and law-enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth to make information about vocational rehabilitation programs and employment services available to certain law-enforcement officers.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. That the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services shall make information regarding vocational rehabilitation programs and employment services available to assist former law-enforcement officers who have a disability as a result of their service with preparing for, obtaining, and maintaining suitable employment, including information on the types of programs available and the process by which former law-enforcement officers who have a disability as a result of their service can access such programs and services, available to law-enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth.

§ 2. That every law-enforcement agency in the Commonwealth shall provide to every law-enforcement officer who separates from the agency due to a disability resulting from his service information regarding vocational rehabilitation programs and employment services available to assist former law-enforcement officers who have a disability as a result of their service with preparing for, obtaining, and maintaining suitable employment, including information on the types of programs available and the process by which such law-enforcement officers may access such programs and services.

HOUSE BILL NO. 1025

Offered January 8, 2020
Prefiled January 7, 2020
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Article 11 of Chapter 14 of Title 51.5 a section numbered 51.5-177.1, relating to vocational rehabilitation and employment services for former law-enforcement officers with a disability.
Patron-- Adams, L.R.

Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Article 11 of Chapter 14 of Title 51.5 a section numbered 51.5-177.1 as follows:

§ 51.5-177.1. Vocational rehabilitation and employment services for law-enforcement officers with a disability.

A. The Commissioner shall establish a program that provides vocational rehabilitation and employment services to former law-enforcement officers who have a disability as a result of their service as a law-enforcement officer in the Commonwealth. Such program shall provide services to assist eligible participants in preparing for, obtaining, and maintaining suitable employment. Such services shall include short-term or long-term employment preparation training, assistance with the purchase of supplies and equipment necessary for employment, on-the-job training, increased access to employment opportunities, and assistance with opportunities for self-employment. In the case of an eligible participant who is unable to work, either temporarily or permanently, due to a disability, services shall be offered to improve the participant's ability to live independently and remain engaged in the community.

B. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the ability of any person participating in the program established by this section to access any other services such participants are otherwise eligible to receive, including any services available in this article. All other provisions of this article, as appropriate, shall apply to the program created pursuant to this section.

C. For the purposes of this section, "former law-enforcement officer" means any person who, in his official capacity, was authorized by law to make arrests and was a nonprobationary officer of one of the following agencies: (i) the Department of State Police, the Division of Capitol Police, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, the Virginia Port Authority, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority, the Department of Motor Vehicles, or the Department of Conservation and Recreation or (ii) the police department, bureau, or force of any political subdivision, a sheriff's office, or the campus police department of any public institution of higher education of the Commonwealth.