Proposed Variances to the Regulations to Assure the Rights of Individuals Receiving Services from Providers Licensed, Funded, or Operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) (12VAC35-115).
Notice of action: The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), in accordance with Part VI, Variances (12VAC35-115-220), of the Regulations to Assure the Rights of Individuals Receiving Services from Providers Licensed, Funded, or Operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (12VAC35-115), hereafter referred to as the “Human Rights Regulations,” is announcing an opportunity for public comment on an application for proposed variances to the Human Rights Regulations submitted to the State Human Rights Committee (SHRC). The purpose of the regulations is to ensure and protect the legal and human rights of individuals receiving services in facilities or programs operated, licensed, or funded by DBHDS.
Each variance application references the specific part of these regulations to which a variance is needed, the proposed wording of the substitute rule or procedure, and the justification for a variance. Such application also describes time limits and other conditions for duration and the circumstances that will end the applicability of the variance. After considering all available information including comments, the SHRC intends to submit a written decision deferring, disapproving, modifying, or approving each variance application. All variances shall be approved for a specific time period. The decision and reasons for variance will be published in a later issue of this Register
Purpose of notice: The SHRC is seeking comment on the application for a proposed variance to the Human Rights Regulations for DBHDS’ Western State Hospital (WSH).
Variance to Procedures for Behavior Treatment Plans and Use of Seclusion, Restraint, and Time Out:
I. 12VAC35-115-105-H: Providers shall not use seclusion in a behavioral treatment plan.
II. 12VAC35-115-110-C 3: Only residential facilities for children that are licensed under the Regulations for Children’s Residential Facilities (12VAC35-46) and inpatient hospitals may use seclusion and only in an emergency.
Explanation: The variances will allow WSH to place an individual in an environment of seclusion, at the individual’s request, and not as related to an emergency, in order to prevent self-injurious harm to the individual and to the staff members responsible for the individual’s care.
How to comment: The SHRC accepts written comments by online public comment forum, email, fax, and postal mail.
To review a proposal: Variance applications and any supporting documentation may be obtained by contacting the DBHDS representative named below.
Contact Information: Taneika Goldman, Director, Office of Human Rights, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, 1220 East Bank Street, P.O. Box 1797, Richmond, VA 23218-1797, telephone (804) 786-3988, FAX (833) 734-1241, or email email@example.com.