Adult Social Services

Bills CommitteeLast actionDate
HB 95 - Head - Adult protective services investigations; financial institutions to furnish records and information. (H) Committee on Commerce and Energy

(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0743)04/27/22
notes: Requires financial institutions to cooperate in any investigation of alleged adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation conducted by a local department of social services and to make any financial records or information relevant to such investigation available to the local department upon request.
HB 96 - Head - Public guardian and conservator program; decennial review of staff-to-client ratios, report. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0272)04/08/22
notes: Directs the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (the Department) to decennially review the ideal range of staff-to-client ratios for local and regional public guardian and conservator programs in the Commonwealth and make recommendations as to whether the ratio should be revised to ensure that public guardians are able to meet their obligations to incapacitated persons. The bill requires the Department to report its findings and conclusions to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1 of each year in which such review is performed and directs the Department to complete the first decennial review and submit its report by December 1, 2022.
HB 239 - Adams, D.M. - Housing & Supportive Services ILT initiative; housing & services to include adults 65 yrs. or older. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0195)04/07/22
notes: Directs the Department for Housing and Community Development to expand the existing Housing and Supportive Services Interagency Leadership Team (ILT) initiative to include older Virginians as a target subpopulation and seek input from appropriate stakeholders to facilitate the development of strategies for increasing the supply of permanent supportive housing for older Virginians. This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Health Care.
HB 258 - Simonds - Hotels; human trafficking training. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0751)04/27/22
notes: Directs the Department of Criminal Justice Services, under the direction of the Criminal Justice Services Board, to develop an online course to train hotel proprietors and their employees to recognize and report instances of suspected human trafficking. The bill requires that every hotel proprietor require its employees to complete such human trafficking training course developed by the Department or an alternative online or in-person training course approved by the Department within six months of being employed by a hotel and thereafter at least once every two years, for as long as the employee is employed by the hotel.
HB 283 - Brewer - Human trafficking; training for law-enforcement personnel. (H) Committee on Public Safety

(S) Committee on the Judiciary
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0045)04/01/22
notes: Requires the Department of Criminal Justice Services to establish training standards for law-enforcement personnel regarding the recognition, prevention, and reporting of human trafficking.
HB 451 - Bennett-Parker - Stalking; venue, penalty. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0276)04/08/22
notes: Allows a person to be prosecuted for a stalking charge in the jurisdiction where the person at whom the stalking conduct is directed received a communication from the person engaged in the stalking conduct that placed him in reasonable fear of death, criminal sexual assault, or bodily injury to himself or a family or household member. The bill also provides that evidence of any such conduct that occurred outside the Commonwealth may be admissible, if relevant, in any prosecution for stalking. Currently, such evidence is admissible as long as the prosecution is based upon conduct occurring within the Commonwealth.
HB 484 - Helmer - Virginia Initiative for Education and Work; exemption for postsecondary students. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0298)04/11/22
notes: Exempts from mandatory participation in the Virginia Initiative for Education and Work recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families who are enrolled full-time in an accredited public institution of higher education or other postsecondary school licensed or certified by the Board of Education or the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and are taking courses as part of a curriculum that leads to a postsecondary credential, such as a degree or an industry-recognized credential, certification, or license.
HB 496 - Mullin - Abuse & neglect; financial exploitation, changes term incapacitated adults, definitions, penalties. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0259)04/08/22
notes: Changes the term "incapacitated adult" to "vulnerable adult" for the purposes of the crime of abuse and neglect of such adults and defines "vulnerable adult" as any person 18 years of age or older who is impaired by reason of mental illness, intellectual or developmental disability, physical illness or disability, advanced age, or other causes to the extent the adult lacks sufficient understanding or capacity to make, communicate, or carry out reasonable decisions concerning his well-being or has one or more limitations that substantially impair the adult's ability to independently provide for his daily needs or safeguard his person, property, or legal interests. The bill adds the definition of "advanced age" as it is used in the definition of "vulnerable adult" to mean 65 years of age or older. The bill also changes the term "person with mental incapacity" to the same meaning of "vulnerable adult" for the purposes of the crime of financial exploitation. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia Criminal Justice Conference.
HB 497 - Mullin - Misuse of power of attorney; financial exploitation of incapacitated adults by an agent, penalty. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee on the Judiciary
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0397)04/11/22
notes: Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person granted authority to act for a principal under a power of attorney to knowingly or intentionally engage in financial exploitation of an incapacitated adult. The bill also provides that the power of attorney terminates upon such conviction. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia Criminal Justice Conference.
HB 526 - Batten - Victims of human trafficking; eligibility for in-state tuition. (H) Committee on Education

(S) Committee on Education and Health
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0795)05/27/22
notes: Provides that a non-Virginia student who is currently present in the Commonwealth as a result of being a victim of human trafficking, defined in the bill, is eligible for in-state tuition. The bill provides that a person may be a victim of human trafficking regardless of whether any person has been charged with or convicted of any offense and that eligibility for in-state tuition may be proved by a certification of such status as a victim of human trafficking by a federal, state, or local agency or not-for-profit agency, one of whose primary missions is to provide services to victims of human trafficking. The bill also requires public institutions of higher education to automatically record such a student as opting out of making any directory or educational information available to the public unless the student voluntarily and affirmatively chooses to opt in to allowing such directory or educational information to be made available.
HB 582 - Roem - Higher educational institutions, public; notice to students, SNAP benefits. (H) Committee on Education

(S) Committee on Education and Health
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0483)04/11/22
notes: Requires each public institution of higher education to ensure that all students have access to accurate information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), including eligibility and how to apply. The bill also directs each institution to advertise the application and process for applying for SNAP prominently on the institution's website, in orientation materials that are distributed to each new student, in at least one campus-wide email per academic year to all students at such institution, and through other means.
HB 623 - Hudson - Guardianship and conservatorship; duties of the guardian ad litem, report contents. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee on the Judiciary
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0243)04/08/22
notes: Adds to the duty of a guardian ad litem appointed to represent the interests of a respondent in a guardianship or conservatorship case the requirement to recommend that counsel be appointed to represent such respondent upon the respondent's request. Under current law, the guardian ad litem is required to recommend counsel be appointed only when he believes appointment is necessary. The bill further directs the guardian ad litem to include in his report to the court an explanation by the guardian ad litem as to any (i) decision not to recommend the appointment of counsel for the respondent, (ii) determination that a less restrictive alternative to guardianship or conservatorship is not available, and (iii) determination that appointment of a limited guardian or conservator is not appropriate.
HB 634 - Roem - Guardianship visitation requirements; DARS shall convene a work group to review and evaluate. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee on the Judiciary
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0242)04/08/22
notes: Requires a guardian to visit an incapacitated person at least once every 90 days and make certain observations and assessments during each visit. The bill provides that a guardian may utilize a person who is directly employed and supervised by the guardian, or contract the services of a care manager who is a trained professional who specializes in the field of life-care management, geriatrics, older adults and aging or adults with disabilities and who provides written reports to the guardian regarding any such visits to satisfy the duties imposed upon such a guardian.
HB 641 - Carr - Transportation network companies; authorizes collection of cash fares. (H) Committee on Transportation

(S) Committee on Transportation
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0239)04/08/22
notes: Authorizes the collection of cash fares by a transportation network company partner if the ride is arranged through a transit system for an eligible paratransit passenger. The bill sets certain receipt and accounting requirements.
HB 671 - Hope - Permanent protective orders; Hope Card Program created. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0374)04/11/22
notes: Requires the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia to develop and all district courts and circuit courts to implement the Hope Card Program (the Program) for the issuance of a Hope Card to any person who has been issued a permanent protective order by any district court or circuit court. The bill provides that a Hope Card issued pursuant to the Program shall be a durable, plastic, wallet-sized card containing, to the extent possible, essential information about the protective order, such as the identifying information and characteristics of the person subject to the protective order, the issuance and expiration date of the protective order, the terms of the protective order, and the names of any other persons protected by the protective order.
HB 716 - Gooditis - Kinship foster care; notice and appeal. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0561)04/11/22
notes: Requires local boards of social services (local boards), upon receiving a request from a child's relative to become a kinship foster parent, to provide the relative with an application to become a kinship foster parent within 15 days. The bill requires local boards, upon denying a relative's application to become a kinship foster parent, to provide to the relative (i) a clear and specific explanation of the reasons for denial, (ii) a statement that such denial is appealable, and (iii) an explanation of the procedure for filing such appeal. The bill allows relatives to file an appeal regarding such decisions with the Commissioner of Social Services and requires the Board of Social Services to adopt certain regulations regarding the timeline of such appeals.
HB 751 - Bell - Suspected abuse; mandated reporters. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0766)04/27/22
notes: Adds practitioners of behavior analysis to the list of individuals required to report suspected adult or child abuse or neglect.
HB 917 - Orrock - Aging services; allocation of resources, individuals with the greatest economic need. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0313)04/11/22
notes: Provides that in allocating resources for aging services, the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (i) shall prioritize providing services to those with the greatest economic need and (ii) among individuals with comparable levels of economic need, may prioritize providing services to individuals with the greatest social need.
HB 1060 - Cordoza - Critically missing adult; expands definition, receipt of reports. (H) Committee on Public Safety

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0394)04/11/22
notes: Expands the definition of "critically missing adult" to include any missing adult 18 years of age or older who has a developmental disability, intellectual disability, or mental illness for the purpose of receipt of critically missing adult reports by a police or sheriff's department and the Virginia Critically Missing Adult Alert Program administered by the Department of State Police.
HB 1212 - Glass - Guardianship and conservatorship; notice of hearing, cross-petitions. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee on the Judiciary
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0278)04/08/22
notes: Requires the notice of hearing on a guardianship or conservatorship petition to include notice that any adult individual required to receive a copy of such notice may file a motion to intervene in the action to become a party and request to be appointed as guardian or conservator or offer an alternative to the guardian or conservator selected.
SB 40 - Spruill - Assisted living facilities; involuntary discharge, safeguards for residents. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0706)04/27/22
notes: Assisted living facilities; involuntary discharge. Requires that regulations of the Board of Social Services regarding involuntary discharges of residents from assisted living facilities provide certain safeguards for residents, including a description of the reasons for which a resident may be involuntarily discharged, certain notice requirements, a requirement that the facility make reasonable efforts to resolve any issues upon which the discharge is based, and the provision of information regarding the resident's right to appeal the facility's decision to discharge the resident.
SB 48 - Favola - Aging, Commonwealth Council on; required to submit an annual report. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0533)04/11/22
notes: Requires the Commonwealth Council on Aging to submit to the Governor, General Assembly, and Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services by October 1 of each year an electronic report regarding the activities and recommendations of the Council.
SB 49 - Favola - Critically missing adult; expands definition, receipt of reports. (H) Committee on Public Safety

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0395)04/11/22
notes: Removes from the definition of critically missing adult, under the Virginia Critically Missing Adult Alert Program, the requirement that the adult is believed to have been abducted.
SB 307 - Mason - Kinship foster care; notice and appeal. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0562)04/11/22
notes: Requires local boards of social services (local boards), upon receiving a request from a child's relative to become a kinship foster parent, to provide the relative with an application to become a kinship foster parent within 15 days. The bill requires local boards, upon denying a relative's application to become a kinship foster parent, to provide to the relative (i) a clear and specific explanation of the reasons for denial, (ii) a statement that such denial is appealable, and (iii) an explanation of the procedure for filing such appeal. The bill allows relatives to file an appeal regarding such decisions with the Commissioner of Social Services and requires the Board of Social Services to adopt certain regulations regarding the timeline of such appeals.
SB 353 - Vogel - Emergency Shelters Upgrade Assistance Grant Fund; funds to be paid to certain entities. (H) Committee on Public Safety

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0337)04/11/22
notes: Allows funds in the Emergency Shelters Upgrade Assistance Grant Fund to be paid to entities outlined in local shelter plans to install, maintain, or repair infrastructure for backup energy generation for emergency shelters, including solar energy generators, and improve the hazard-specific structural integrity of shelter facilities owned by the locality or identified in the shelter plan of the locality.
SB 467 - Vogel - Human trafficking; training for law-enforcement personnel. (H) Committee on Public Safety

(S) Committee on the Judiciary
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0046)04/01/22
notes: Requires the Department of Criminal Justice Services to establish training standards for law-enforcement personnel regarding the recognition, prevention, and reporting of human trafficking.
SB 648 - McPike - Real property tax; exemption for the elderly and handicapped. (H) Committee on Finance

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0631)04/11/22
notes: Provides that any locality may by ordinance accept documentation establishing eligibility for the real property tax exemption for the elderly and handicapped on a rolling basis throughout the year. Current law states that localities shall accept such documentation after January 1 but before April 1 or a later date fixed by ordinance.
SB 757 - Lewis - Fraud-related crimes; penalties. (S) Committee on the Judiciary(S) Continued to 2023 in Judiciary (15-Y 0-N)02/02/22
notes: Creates felony offenses for crimes related to wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, and health care fraud, each described in the bill, punishable by a term of imprisonment of not less than one nor more than 20 years.