Legislative Update

Adult Social Services

Bills Committee Last action Date
HB 1433 - Farrell - Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit; allocation to certain organizations. (H) Committee on Finance

(S) Committee on Finance
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0147)02/23/17
notes: Modifies the requirement that at least 10 percent of all available tax credits be allocated to organizations that have not previously received tax credits by providing that the allocation for such organizations is required only if the General Assembly increases the amount of available credits year over year. The bill requires that the allocation be at least 10 percent of credits created by the increase rather than 10 percent of all available credits. Current law limits credits to $9 million for education proposals approved by the Superintendent of Public Instruction and $8 million for proposals approved by the Commissioner of Social Services.
HB 1435 - Head - VIEW; pilot program for substance abuse screening and assessment. (H) Committee on Appropriations(H) Left in Appropriations02/08/17
notes: Requires the Department of Social Services to develop a pilot program for screening and assessing participants in the Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare (VIEW) program for use of illegal substances. The bill requires the Department to provide an interim report on implementation of the pilot program to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than December 1, 2017, and a final report on the results of the pilot program to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than December 1, 2018.
HB 1451 - Farrell - Social Services, Department of; survey for children aging out of foster care. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Rules
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0187)02/23/17
notes: Directs the Department of Social Services to, in coordination with the Commission on Youth, develop a process and standardized survey to gather feedback from children aging out of foster care.
HB 1484 - Bell, Richard P. - Occupational therapists; Board of Medicine shall amend regulations governing licensure. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Education and Health
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0411)03/13/17
notes: Directs the Board of Counseling to amend regulations governing licensure of occupational therapists to provide that Type 1 continuing learning activities that shall be completed by the practitioner prior to renewal of a license shall consist of an organized program of study, classroom experience, or similar educational experience that is related to a licensee's current or anticipated roles and responsibilities in occupational therapy and approved or provided by one of the following organizations or any of its components: the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association; the American Occupational Therapy Association; the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy; a local, state, or federal government agency; a regionally accredited college or university; or a health care organization accredited by a national accrediting organization granted authority by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to assure compliance with Medicare conditions of participation. Such regulations shall also provide that Type 1 continuing learning activities may also include an American Medical Association Category 1 Continuing Medical Education program.
HB 1491 - Hope - Background checks; exceptions, sponsored living and shared residential service providers. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Education and Health
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0775)04/05/17
notes: Allows a provider licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to approve as a sponsored residential service provider or to permit to enter into a shared living arrangement persons who have been convicted of not more than one misdemeanor offense under 18.2-57 or 18.2-57.2, if 10 years have elapsed following the conviction, unless the person committed the offense while employed in a direct care position. The bill also allows a provider to approve a person as a sponsored residential service provider if any adult living in the home of an applicant or any person employed by the applicant to provide services in the home in which sponsored residential services are provided has been convicted of not more than one misdemeanor offense under 18.2-57 or 18.2-57.2, if 10 years have elapsed following the conviction, unless the person committed the offense while employed in a direct care position.
HB 1521 - Ware - Commonwealth's tax code; conformity with federal law; emergency. (H) Committee on Finance

(S) Committee on Finance
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0001)02/03/17
notes: Advances conformity with the federal tax code to December 31, 2016. The bill contains an emergency clause.
HB 1567 - Orrock - Medicaid applications; information about advance directives. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Education and Health
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0106)02/21/17
notes: Requires all entities approved by the Board of Medical Assistance Services to receive applications and to determine eligibility for medical assistance to provide each applicant for medical assistance with information about advance directives pursuant to Article 8 (54.1-2981 et seq.) of Chapter 29 of Title 54.1, including information about the purpose and benefits of advance directives and how the applicant may make an advance directive.
HB 1634 - Sullivan - State agencies; criminal background checks for certain positions, annual report to DHRM. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Stricken from docket by General Laws02/02/17
notes: Requires each state agency to create and annually update a list of the positions that it has designated as sensitive and submit the list to the Department of Human Resources Management by July 1 of each year. The bill clarifies who would be subject to a criminal background investigation in a sensitive position. The bill expands the definition of sensitive position to include those positions (i) responsible for the health, safety, and welfare of citizens or the protection of critical infrastructures; (ii) that have access to sensitive information, including information obtained from the Internal Revenue Service; and (iii) that are otherwise required by state or federal law to be designated as sensitive. The bill contains an emergency clause.
HB 1786 - Stolle - In utero exposure to a controlled substance; departments of social services to collect information. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0176)02/23/17
notes: Requires local departments of social services to collect information during a family assessment to determine whether the mother of a child who was exposed in utero to a controlled substance sought substance abuse counseling or treatment prior to the child's birth. The bill requires mandated reporters of suspected child abuse or neglect to make a report if they have reason to believe that a child was exposed in utero to a controlled substance or affected by such exposure. Under current law, mandated reporters are required to report such suspicions only if the controlled substance was not prescribed to the mother by a physician.
HB 1837 - Orrock - Private certified preschool or nursery school programs; licensure exemptions. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0748)03/24/17
notes: Modifies the licensure exemption requirements for certified preschool or nursery school programs operated by a private school that is accredited by an organization recognized by the Board of Education. The bill removes the list of accrediting associations from the licensure exemption language and provides a reference to the Code section that establishes the process for recognition of accrediting organizations by the Board of Education. The bill removes certain licensure exemption requirements that such preschool and nursery school programs must meet and modifies others, including (i) increasing the amount of time children may attend such programs per day from four hours to the maximum time allowed under the school's kindergarten program; and (ii) lowering the minimum age of children permitted to attend the programs from age four to age three. The bill also allows the Commissioner of Social Services to inspect such preschool and nursery school programs to ensure compliance with applicable requirements, either annually or in response to a complaint.
HB 1838 - Orrock - Neighborhood Assistance Act tax credits; process of allocating credits. (H) Committee on Finance

(S) Committee on Finance
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0317)03/13/17
notes: Changes the process of allocating credits to neighborhood organizations submitting education proposals. The bill directs the Board of Education to develop regulations that would allow credits to be prioritized for proposals benefiting underperforming school districts in the Commonwealth, that would allow for the input of local leaders regarding the education needs of localities in which the proposed programs are located, and that would require the inclusion of performance and accountability measures in the proposals. The bill also requires the Board of Education to adopt regulations for the administration of the program that would replace the current practice of the adoption of guidelines by the Department of Education.
HB 1851 - Gilbert - Assault and battery against a family or household member; deferred disposition, waiver of appeal. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee for Courts of Justice
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0785)04/05/17
notes: Provides that a person charged with a first offense of assault against a family or household member who consents to probation and a deferred disposition of the charge has no right of appeal if he is subsequently found guilty of the original charge for a violation of the terms of his probation.
HB 1863 - Lopez - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and VIEW; hardship exception. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions(H) Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions02/07/17
notes: Requires the Department of Social Services to (i) keep records of the number of Virginia Initiative for Employment Not Welfare participants that receive an exception to the time limitations on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families due to hardship and the specific circumstances relied upon to grant such exceptions and (ii) annually publish nonidentifying statistics regarding such information.
HB 1919 - Robinson - Assisted living facilities; cap on civil penalties. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0283)03/03/17
notes: Increases the aggregate amount of civil penalties that the Commissioner of the Department of Social Services may assess against an assisted living facility for noncompliance with the terms of its license from $10,000 per 24-month period to $10,000 per 12-month period.
HB 1922 - Bell, Robert B. - Financial exploitation of adults; reporting to local law enforcement and State Police. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0459)03/13/17
notes: Clarifies that all cases involving suspected financial exploitation of an adult shall be immediately referred to local law enforcement for investigation and provides that in cases of suspected financial exploitation of an adult in which losses to the adult are suspected to be greater than $50,000, the local department of social services or adult protective services hotline also shall immediately refer the matter and all relevant documentation to the State Police for investigation.
HB 1945 - Peace - Adult exploitation; broadens definition for purposes of social services laws. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0195)02/23/17
notes: Broadens the definition of "adult exploitation" for the purposes of social services laws to include the unauthorized, improper, or fraudulent use of an adult or his funds, property, benefits, or other assets for another's benefit or that deprives the adult of his rightful use of or access to such funds, property, benefits, or other assets. The bill provides that "adult exploitation" includes (i) a breach of a fiduciary obligation to an adult to his detriment or a failure to use the financial resources of an adult in a manner that results in neglect of such adult; (ii) the acquisition, possession, or control of an adult's financial resources or property through the use of undue influence, coercion, harassment, or duress; and (iii) forcing or coercing an adult to pay for goods or services or perform services against his will for another's profit, benefit, or advantage. In addition, the requirement that such adult be incapacitated is removed from the definition. The bill also broadens the definition of "financial institution staff" for the purposes of protecting aged or incapacitated adults to include any employee, agent, qualified individual, or representative of a bank, trust company, savings institution, loan association, consumer finance company, credit union, investment company, investment advisor, securities firm, accounting firm, or insurance company.
HB 1999 - Lingamfelter - Immigrant Assistance, Office of; created in Department of Social Services. (H) Committee on Appropriations(H) Left in Appropriations02/08/17
notes: Establishes in the Department of Social Services (the Department) an Office of Immigrant Assistance (the Office) to assist persons lawfully entering the United States and the Commonwealth for the purpose of becoming citizens. The Office shall provide online (i) advice and assistance regarding the citizenship application process and (ii) information regarding employment and housing services for which such persons may be eligible. The bill provides that the Office shall be funded by such funds currently appropriated to the Department and any existing or available federal grants.
HB 2002 - Poindexter - Refugee and immigrant resettlements; reports to Department of Social Services. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(H) House sustained Governor's veto04/05/17
notes: Requires nonprofit resettlement agencies and their local affiliates that provide refugee or other immigrant resettlement services in the Commonwealth to annually report to the Department of Social Services (the Department) nonidentifying information regarding (i) the total number of individuals resettled in Virginia by such nonprofit resettlement agency or affiliate; (ii) the locality in which each individual was placed; (iii) the age, gender, and national origin of each individual; and (iv) whether each individual was placed through the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program and, if so, the eligibility status of such individuals. The bill requires the Department to collate and annually submit such information to the Governor and the General Assembly.
HB 2041 - Murphy - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Scholarship Pilot Program; DSS to establish and administer. (H) Committee on Appropriations(H) Left in Appropriations02/08/17
notes: Directs the Department of Social Services (the Department) to establish and administer a three-year Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Scholarship Pilot Program (the Program) for the purpose of providing access to postsecondary educational opportunities to students living in poverty. The Program would provide prepaid scholarships to select community colleges in the amount of $2,000 per year, to be applied toward the costs of tuition and books, to 50 to 75 selected students who meet TANF eligibility requirements. The Program would be funded by the unexpended balance in federal TANF block grant funds. The bill directs the Commissioner of the Department of Social Services to report to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than December 1 of each year regarding the effectiveness of and other information about the Program.
HB 2061 - Watts - Adult protective services; statistics regarding reports of adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions(H) Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions02/07/17
notes: Department of Social Services (the Department) to (i) keep records of the number of reports filed alleging suspected adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation and the disposition of such reports and (ii) annually publish nonidentifying statistics regarding such information. The bill also requires the Department to annually disseminate to the Department of Health and all local boards of social services and area agencies on aging a report of such information, categorized by the planning district in which the report was filed; the facility in which the abused, neglected, or exploited adult resided at the time of the abuse, neglect, or exploitation, if applicable; and the names of individuals who were the subject of criminal charges as a result of the investigation.
HB 2092 - LaRock - Application for public assistance; eligibility, review of records. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance
(H) (67 affirmative votes required to override)04/05/17
notes: Requires entities processing applications for medical assistance and other public assistance to conduct a review of death records and records relating to incarceration status, employment status, and income of the applicant to determine whether the applicant is eligible for assistance and to review the records of the Virginia Lottery to determine whether the applicant has received any winnings from the Virginia Lottery that may constitute income or resources for purposes of determining eligibility for medical assistance or public assistance.
HB 2126 - Levine - Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program; established. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor(H) Left in Commerce and Labor02/08/17
notes: Entitles individuals to a family and medical leave insurance (FMLI) benefit payment for each month they are engaged in qualified caregiving, not to exceed 60 qualified caregiving days per year. Qualified caregiving means an activity, except regular employment, for a reason an individual is entitled to leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Benefits would amount to 66 percent of an individual's monthly wages, based on highest annual earnings from the prior three years, up to a capped monthly amount, and would be indexed to the national average wage index. If a person takes the maximum number of days, the benefits would range from a minimum benefit of $580 to a maximum benefit of $4,000 per month in the program's first year. To be eligible for benefits, an individual is required to (i) be insured for disability insurance benefits under the Social Security Act at the time his application is filed; (ii) have earned income from employment during the 12 months before filing the application; (iii) have filed an application for a FMLI benefit; and (iv) have been engaged in qualified caregiving, or anticipate being so engaged, during the 90-day period before the application is filed or within 30 days thereafter. The measure establishes the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Fund and requires FMLI benefit payments to be made only from this Fund. A tax of 0.2 percent is imposed on the wages received by every individual, and an excise tax of 0.2 percent of the wages paid in any calendar year by the employer with respect to their employment is imposed on employers. The measure has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2018.
HB 2156 - Rasoul - Child welfare agencies; licensure for agencies operated by the Commonwealth. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0196)02/23/17
notes: Provides for licensure of assisted living facilities, adult day care centers, and child welfare agencies operated by the agencies of the Commonwealth.
HB 2157 - Rasoul - Family abuse protective order; third or subsequent violation of order. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice(H) Left in Courts of Justice02/07/17
notes: Authorizes courts, upon a defendant's third or subsequent violation of certain family abuse protective orders against the same victim, to modify such order to require that the defendant provide private security services for the victim.
HB 2181 - Sickles - Food stamps; eligibility to receive benefits if convicted of drug-related felonies. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice(H) Left in Courts of Justice02/07/17
notes: Provides that a person who is otherwise eligible to receive food stamp benefits shall not be denied such assistance solely because he has been convicted of a first-time felony offense of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance in violation of 18.2-248, provided that he complies with all obligations imposed by the criminal court and the Department of Social Services, is actively engaged in or has completed substance abuse treatment, and participates in drug screenings. Current law prohibits denial of such benefits only if such persons have been convicted of felony possession of a controlled substance.
HB 2183 - Yost - Medicaid; eligibility of incarcerated individuals. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Education and Health
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text reprinted (CHAP0198)03/17/17
notes: Requires that the Board of Health include in its state plan for medical assistance services a provision that (i) requires an inmate's Medicaid eligibility to be placed in suspension, rather than terminated, during his incarceration and (ii) provides that the time during which the inmate is incarcerated shall not be included in determining the date by which he must recertify his eligibility for medical assistance.
HB 2207 - Robinson - Food stamp program; requests for replacement of electronic benefit transfer card. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Finance
(H) (67 affirmative votes required to override)04/05/17
notes: Requires the Department of Social Services (Department) to monitor all requests for replacement of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards issued to food stamp program recipients. The bill provides that a request for replacement of an EBT card shall be deemed excessive if a food stamp program recipient or a member of his household has made four such requests within 12 months prior to the request. The bill requires the Department, upon receipt of a fourth request for replacement of an EBT card within a 12-month period, to give written notice to the recipient household that it has reached the threshold allowance for replacement requests, its account is being monitored for suspicious activity, and future replacement requests will require contact with the Department to provide an explanation before a replacement card will be issued. The bill requires the Department, upon receipt of a fifth replacement request within a 12-month period, to give written notice to the recipient household that it has exceeded the threshold allowance for replacement requests and that the replacement EBT card is being withheld until the household contacts the Department to provide an explanation for the high volume of replacement requests. The bill provides the terms under which a replacement card will be issued or withheld, delineates factors that require the Department to investigate excessive card replacement requests, and sets forth requirements for notices sent under the provisions of the bill.
HB 2208 - Pogge - Food stamp program; electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions(H) Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions02/07/17
notes: Requires that each EBT card issued to a food stamp program recipient display a photograph of the recipient. The bill directs the Department of Social Services to (i) establish procedures to ensure that all eligible household members or authorized representatives of the recipient are able to access benefits from the account as necessary; and (ii) enter into memoranda of understanding or other similar agreements with other departments, agencies, and institutions of the Commonwealth, including the Department of Motor Vehicles, to share photographs, when available.
HB 2213 - O'Bannon - TANF; time limit on receipt of financial assistance. (H) Committee on Appropriations(H) Left in Appropriations02/08/17
notes: Reduces the total lifetime limit on TANF financial assistance to 24 months; reduces the number of consecutive months a person may receive TANF before a period of ineligibility from 24 to 12 consecutive months; and reduces the time period of ineligibility from 24 months to 12 consecutive months.
HB 2217 - Toscano - Address confidentiality program; victims of sexual violence and human trafficking. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0498)03/13/17
notes: Expands the types of crimes victims of which are eligible to apply for the address confidentiality program to include sexual violence and human trafficking. Current law permits victims of domestic violence and stalking to apply to this program. The bill requires that sexual or domestic violence programs be accredited by the Virginia Sexual Violence Program Professional Standards Committee to accept applications and authorizes crime victim and witness assistance programs to accept applications. The bill increases the certification period from one to three years. The bill contains technical amendments.
HB 2305 - Orrock - SHHR; certain waivers under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions(H) Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions02/07/17
notes: Secretary of Health and Human Resources; certain waivers under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Prohibits the Secretary of Health and Human Resources from applying for, accepting, or renewing any statewide or local waivers of the eligibility requirements for participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
HB 2408 - Head - Supplemental nutrition assistance program; eligibility criteria for participation. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions(H) Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions02/07/17
notes: Sets out eligibility criteria for participation in the supplemental nutrition assistance program.
HB 2457 - Garrett - Health and Human Resources Secretariat; agencies of Secretariat shall share data, records, etc. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Education and Health
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0467)03/13/17
notes: Provides that the agencies of the Health and Human Resources Secretariat shall be deemed a single state agency for the purposes of data collection and sharing and shall share data, records, and information about applicants for and recipients of services from the agencies of the Secretariat, to the extent allowed by federal law, for the purposes of (i) streamlining administrative processes and reducing administrative burdens on the agencies, (ii) reducing paperwork and administrative burdens on the applicants and recipients, and (iii) increasing access to and quality of services provided by the agencies. The bill requires the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to report on the implementation of the provisions of this act by December 1, 2017.
HB 2473 - Cline - Protective orders or stalking; third or subsequent offense. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance
(S) Passed by indefinitely in Finance (16-Y 0-N)02/15/17
notes: Violation of provisions of protective orders and felonies involving stalking.
HJ 780 - Bell, Richard P. - Self-Care Month. (H) Committee on Rules

(S) Committee on Rules
(H) Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ780ER)02/15/17
notes: Designates February, in 2018 and in each succeeding year, as Self-Care Month in Virginia.
SB 135 - Edwards - Human trafficking training; DCJS to establish for law-enforcement, etc. (S) Committee on Education and Health(S) Left in Education and Health12/02/16
notes: Requires the Department of Criminal Justice Services to establish compulsory training standards for law-enforcement personnel involved in criminal investigations or assigned to vehicle or street patrol duties to ensure that law-enforcement personnel are sensitive to and aware of human trafficking offenses and identification of human trafficking offenses. The bill also requires every person seeking initial licensure as a teacher and every person seeking renewal of a license who has not completed such training to complete training in human trafficking recognition, intervention, and prevention in accordance with curriculum guidelines developed by the Board of Education and the Department of Social Services.
SB 794 - Cosgrove - City of Chesapeake; pilot program for problem-solving docket. (S) Committee for Courts of Justice(S) Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (12-Y 0-N)01/16/17
notes: Authorizes the City of Chesapeake to establish a pilot program to promote public safety and reduce recidivism by creating a problem-solving docket to address substance abuse, mental illness, issues unique to military service experienced by veterans, and issues related to previously incarcerated persons. The bill directs the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, and the Department of Veterans Services to provide assistance to the City of Chesapeake as requested. The bill provides for the City of Chesapeake to report on the pilot program to the Commissioners of the assisting agencies on or before November 30, 2018. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2019.
SB 810 - Favola - Food stamp program; categorical eligibility. (S) Committee on Finance(S) Passed by indefinitely in Finance (16-Y 0-N)02/01/17
notes: Requires the State Board of Social Services to establish broad-based categorical eligibility for the food stamp program, exempting families that already qualify for certain public assistance programs from an additional financial eligibility determination for food stamp benefits.
SB 817 - Surovell - Restricted driver's license; purposes. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee for Courts of Justice
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0701)03/24/17
notes: Adds travel to and from a job interview to the list of purposes for the issuance of a restricted driver's license.
SB 830 - Favola - Food stamps; eligibility to receive benefits if convicted of drug-related felonies. (S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services(S) Passed by indefinitely in Rehabilitation and Social Services (8-Y 7-N)01/13/17
notes: Provides that a person who is otherwise eligible to receive food stamp benefits shall not be denied such assistance solely because he has been convicted of a first-time felony offense of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance in violation of 18.2-248, provided that he complies with all obligations imposed by the criminal court and the Department of Social Services, is actively engaged in or has completed substance abuse treatment, and participates in drug screenings. Current law prohibits denial of such benefits only if such persons have been convicted of felony possession of a controlled substance.
SB 838 - Stanley - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Scholarship Pilot Program; DSS to establish and administer. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance
(H) Left in Appropriations02/21/17
notes: Directs the Department of Social Services (the Department)to establish and administer a three-year Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Scholarship Pilot Program (the Program) for the purpose of providing access to postsecondary educational opportunities to students living in poverty. The Program would provide prepaid scholarships to select community colleges in the amount of $2,000 per year, to be applied toward the costs of tuition and books, to 50 to 75 selected students who meet TANF eligibility requirements. The Program would be funded by the unexpended balance in federal TANF block grant funds. The bill directs the Commissioner of the Department of Social Services to report to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than December 1 of each year regarding the effectiveness of and other information about the Program.
SB 861 - Surovell - Preliminary protective orders; contents of order. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee for Courts of Justice
(H) Tabled in Courts of Justice02/20/17
notes: Provides that if a preliminary protective order is issued in an ex parte hearing where the petition for the order is supported by sworn testimony and not an affidavit, the court issuing the order shall state in the order the basis on which the order was entered, including a summary of the allegations made and the court's findings.
SB 876 - Favola - Kinship Guardianship Assistance program. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance
(H) Left in Appropriations02/21/17
notes: Creates the Kinship Guardianship Assistance program (the program) to facilitate child placements with relatives and ensure permanency for children for whom adoption or being returned home are not appropriate permanency options. The bill sets forth eligibility criteria for the program, payment allowances to kinship guardians, and requirements for kinship guardianship assistance agreements. The bill also requires the Board of Social Services to promulgate regulations for the program.
SB 1008 - Hanger - Barrier crimes; clarifies individual crimes, criminal history records checks. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0809)04/05/17
notes: Clarifies the individual crimes that constitute a barrier for (i) individuals seeking employment at nursing homes, home care organizations, hospices, state facilities, and private providers licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, community services boards, behavioral health authorities, assisted living facilities, adult day care centers, children's welfare agencies, family day homes approved by family day systems, and children's residential facilities; (ii) applicants for licensure, registration, or approval as assisted living facilities, child welfare agencies, or family day homes approved by family day systems; (iii) individuals with whom a local board of social services or child-placing agency is considering placing a child on an emergency, temporary, or permanent basis; (iv) foster and adoptive homes seeking approval from child-placing agencies; and (v) providers of adult services and adult foster care seeking approval by the Department of Social Services. The bill provides further that in all cases, in addition to convictions for any barrier crime, pending charges for and findings of not guilty by reason of insanity of any barrier crime also constitute such a barrier. The bill also adds certain offenses to the list of barrier crimes.
SB 1122 - McPike - Applicants for public assistance; contact information. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0472)03/13/17
notes: Requires local departments of social services to collect from every applicant for public assistance alternative contact information, such as the applicant's email address and cell phone number, and the applicant's preferred method of contact, including direct mail, email, text message, or phone call. Under current law, local departments of social services are only required to obtain the applicant's best available address and telephone number.
SB 1137 - Mason - Neighborhood assistance tax credits; reduces amount of credit of value for certain donations. (S) Committee on Finance(S) Passed by indefinitely in Finance (15-Y 0-N)01/31/17
notes: Reduces the amount of the tax credit from 65 percent of the value of donations to neighborhood organizations for taxable years 2012 through 2017 to (i) 60 percent of such donations for taxable year 2018, (ii) 55 percent of such donations for taxable year 2019, and (iii) 50 percent of such donations for taxable years 2020 and thereafter.
SB 1149 - Favola - Virginia Initiative for Employment Not Welfare; transitional support services, time limit. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Finance
(H) Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions02/21/17
notes: Extends from 12 months to 24 months the amount of time a Virginia Initiative for Employment Not Welfare participant whose Temporary Assistance for Needy Families financial assistance has been terminated can receive transitional support services, provided the participant is enrolled 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 and is 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. The bill provides that such transitional support services shall terminate when the participant completes his curriculum at such institution or school or is otherwise no longer enrolled in such institution or school, or at the end of 24 months, whichever comes first. The bill directs the Board of Social Services to promulgate regulations to implement the provisions of the bill.
SB 1165 - DeSteph - Neighborhood Assistance Act tax credits; allocation of credits. (H) Committee on Finance

(S) Committee on Finance
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0723)03/24/17
notes: Requires the Commissioner of Social Services and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to consider, in allocating credits under the Neighborhood Assistance Act tax credit program, the past performance of organizations requesting credits, pursuant to accountability measures established in regulations and guidelines.
SB 1168 - DeSteph - Neighborhood Assistance Act; reorganizes provisions of tax credit program. (H) Committee on Finance

(S) Committee on Finance
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0724)03/24/17
notes: Reorganizes the provisions of the Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit program to set out separate sections for the portions of the program administered by the State Department of Social Services and the Department of Education. The requirements of the two components of the program differ slightly, and separating the provisions provides clarity in understanding the application and allocation process. The bill does not make any substantive changes to the existing program.
SB 1191 - Sturtevant - Assisted living facilities; cap on civil penalties. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0138)02/21/17
notes: Increases the aggregate amount of civil penalties that the Commissioner of the Department of Social Services may assess against an assisted living facility for noncompliance with the terms of its license from $10,000 per 24-month period to $10,000 per 12-month period.
SB 1315 - Carrico - Foster care; possession of firearm. (H) Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Vetoed by Governor04/27/17
notes: Requires that possession of any firearms or other weapons in a foster home comply with federal and state laws and that the individual providing foster care services store all firearms, other weapons, and ammunition in a locked closet or cabinet unless they are being lawfully carried on the individual's person. The bill requires that the key or combination to the locked closet or cabinet be maintained out of the reach of all children in the home.
SB 1407 - Ebbin - Human trafficking identification and awareness training; DCJS to adopt regulations. (S) Committee for Courts of Justice(S) Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)01/30/17
notes: Requires the Department of Criminal Justice Services (the Department) to adopt regulations that make compulsory for all law-enforcement personnel the Department's training standards regarding sensitivity to and awareness of human trafficking offenses, the identification of human traffickers, and identification of and assistance for victims of human trafficking offenses. Current law requires such training only for personnel in criminal investigations or assigned to vehicle or street patrol duties. The bill also requires the Department to include such human trafficking identification and awareness training as part of the minimum training standards for school security and campus security officers.
SB 1461 - McPike - Foster care; local in the Commonwealth's program of medical assistance. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0203)02/23/17
notes: Directs local departments of social services to ensure that any individual participating in the Fostering Futures program is enrolled, unless the individual objects, in the Commonwealth's program of medical assistance, provided such individual (i) is eligible to receive health care services under the Commonwealth's program of medical assistance and (ii) was in foster care and enrolled in the Commonwealth's program of medical assistance on his 18th birthday. The bill requires local departments to provide all individuals participating in the Fostering Futures program basic information about health care services provided under the state plan for medical assistance services and inform such individuals that they will be enrolled in the Commonwealth's program of medical assistance unless they object. The bill defines "Fostering Futures program" and "individual participating in the Fostering Futures program." The bill requires the State Board of Social Services to promulgate regulations to implement the provisions of the bill.
SB 1462 - McPike - Financial exploitation of adults; cases referred to law-enforcement agency. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0473)03/13/17
notes: Removes the requirement that financial losses resulting from suspected financial exploitation of an adult are suspected to be greater than $50,000 in order for the case to be referred to a local law-enforcement agency.
SB 1482 - Sturtevant - SHHR; certain waivers under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services(S) Passed by indefinitely in Rehabilitation and Social Services (12-Y 3-N)01/27/17
notes: Prohibits the Secretary of Health and Human Resources from applying for, accepting, or renewing any statewide or local waivers of the eligibility requirements for participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
SB 1521 - Ebbin - Immigrant Assistance, Office of; created in Department of Social Services. (S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services(S) Failed to report (defeated) in Rehabilitation and Social Services (6-Y 9-N)01/27/17
notes: Establishes in the Department of Social Services (the Department) an Office of Immigrant Assistance (the Office) to assist persons lawfully entering the United States and the Commonwealth for the purpose of becoming citizens. The Office shall provide online (i) advice and assistance regarding the citizenship application process and (ii) information regarding employment and housing services for which such persons may be eligible. The bill provides that the Office shall be funded by such funds currently appropriated to the Department and any existing or available federal grants.
SJ 266 - Dance - Study; Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission; staffing ratio requirements assisted living. (S) Committee on Rules(S) Passed by indefinitely in Rules with letter02/02/17
notes: Requests that the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (i) identify and analyze current staff-to-resident ratio requirements for assisted living facilities and special care units and (ii) make recommendations for changes to such ratio requirements that would lead to better care and quality of life for residents, including recommendations regarding the total number and type of staff that (a) are required to meet the routine and special needs of all residents, (b) must be awake and on duty during night shifts, and (c) should accompany residents on trips away from the assisted living facility or special care unit.
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