Public Comments for 02/11/2021 Health, Welfare and Institutions
SB1102 - Personal care aides; DMAS shall establish an orientation program for certain aides.
Last Name: Hollowell Organization: Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living Locality: Norfolk, VA

SB1102 will enhance the provision of Medicaid consumer-directed supports. The Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living supports this legislation.

Last Name: Beadnell Organization: The Arc of Northern Virginia Locality: Falls Church

The Arc of Northern Virginia strongly supports SB1102. We have worked regularly with families who wait years for a Medicaid Waiver. When one is finally granted, they're shocked with all of the work they must take on to hire, fire, and train care attendants who have incredibly high turnover rates. SB1102 would provide some training to those attendants directly from DMAS. We believe this would decrease the burden on people with disabilities and families and increase the morale of Personal Support Attendants who would get some formal training and assistance taking on a challenging job.

SB1147 - Nurse Loan Repayment Program; expands eligibility for Program to include certified nurse aides.
Last Name: Ragland Organization: Department of Social Services Locality: Richmond

Available to answer questions that the committee may have

SB1154 - Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Commissioner of; reports to designated protection.
No Comments Available
SB1176 - Barrier crimes; amends current requirements for DBHDS to provide, etc.
No Comments Available
SB1187 - Physical therapy; extends time allowed for a therapist to evaluate and treat patients.
No Comments Available
SB1205 - Career fatigue and wellness in certain health care providers; programs to address, civil immunity.
No Comments Available
SB1221 - Loudoun & Prince William Counties & Manassas & Manassas Park Cities; operation of local health dept.
No Comments Available
SB1235 - Health, Department of; certain communication prohibited.
Last Name: Roberts Organization: Parents for Life Locality: Spotsylvania

SB 1235 was tabled this morning 2/11/2021. Del Orrock asked if it could be discussed and voted on when Senator Peake was in the room. I speak as a collective voice for parents in Virginia because like myself, I had to sign a consent form after my 14 yr old had a medical procedure without my knowledge or consent, but for her to have reparative surgery to be performed, I had to sign a consent form. To add insult to injury, I was responsible for the cost of the follow-up care in the amount of $27,000. A story you have heard before. Please pass this bill out of committee and ask yourself, please, as a parent or grandparent why would you not want to know or consent to having a stranger talk to your child or grandchild? The committee members are comprised of parents and grandparents and deserve a right to know and to give consent to anyone talking to your child or grandchild on healthcare, sex, education and upbringing - not strangers. You love your children more than strangers and certainly have their best interest at heart not a stranger. Please pass this bill on.

Last Name: Yglesias Organization: Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance Locality: Richmond

Dear Mr. Chairman and Members of the House Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee: On behalf of Virginia’s sexual and domestic violence victim advocacy community, the Action Alliance is asking you to oppose SB 1235 (Peake). Many of our 65 sexual and domestic violence agencies (SDVAs) statewide, including the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance, are contracted partners (primarily as grant recipients) with the Virginia Department of Health. Part of our work includes making sure that minor victims of child abuse, sexual assault, dating violence, and harassment have access to information on accessing services if they are victimized, on preventing violence in their peer groups, and on supporting healthy relationships and norms. This bill, with amendments, as written, would have a chilling effect on minor access to reporting violence, seeking justice and healing, and to efforts to promote long-term health and wellbeing. The CDC reports that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men have experienced sexual violence, dating violence, or stalking and that of those numbers, almost 70% of women and 54% of men who were victimized first experienced this violence between the ages of 11 and 24. Given the magnitude of sexual and dating violence among youth, the public health science calls on us to treat this as we would any other epidemic. Our programs, who contract with VDH to support information sharing on preventing sexual violence and dating violence, offers us an inoculation, a means by which young people can access critical conversations and education that serve to prevent issues like relationship violence, unintended pregnancy, and adverse childhood experiences before they can ever occur. This is essential and any policy seeking to make it less accessible to youth is one that also disregards public health and safety. Thanks for your time and attention to issues impacting the lives of survivors of abuse and the advocates who serve them. I'm always happy to talk more about this and our programming to prevent sexual and domestic violence in Virginia, --- Jonathan Yglesias Policy Director Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance 1118 W. Main Street Richmond, VA 23220 Office: (804) 377.0335 Find us on Twitter and Facebook to join the conversation. Statewide Hotline | Call: 800.838.8238 | Text: 804.793.9999 | Chat: www.vadata.org//chat/ LGBTQ Helpline | Call: 866.356.6998 | Text: 804.793.9999 | Chat: www.vadata.org//chat/

Last Name: Roberts Organization: Parents for Life Locality: Fredericksburg

Dear Chair and Committee Members, I am writing in favor of SB 1235, a common sense bill which would require the consent of parents to be involved with the healthcare, education, upbringing and religious freedom, for their minor aged children. SB would protect children in Virginia from the harm which came to my 14 year old daughter after she obtained a surgical procedure without my knowledge or consent. As a result of my absence, my daughter suffered physical and emotional damage caused by the physician, which required follow-up surgery. However, she could not have the follow-up reparative surgery and hospitalization unless I signed a consent form. To add insult to injury, I was responsible for the follow-up medical costs, amounting to over $27,000. SB 1235 would stop what happened to my family from happening to other families in Virginia when speaking to strangers, concerning their healthcare, education, religious freedom and certainly all medical and surgical procedures. This bill would continue to ensure a parent's constitutional right to care for their minor aged daughter as they see fit. Besides, who knows their children better than the parent. While not ever child is from a loving family, this bill protects those children in a volatile situation. Please don't punish parents who love their children, parents and grandparents just like yourself. I am sure you would want your children to know and give consent for any healthcare, education and other situations as named in this bill, for your grandchildren. Most importantly, parents not strangers, kidnappers, or sexual predators have the right to be involved with their children. I urge you not only for your constituents, but for your own families and all Virginia parents, to put their arms around their children and say "we love you, we can work this out together". Please pass SB 1235 out of committee. Thank you for your time, Eileen Roberts, President Parents for Life "Serving as a collective voice for all parents". February 6, 2021

SB1302 - Crisis Call Center Fund; created, collection of 988 charges.
Last Name: Harish Organization: Inseparable Locality: Arlington

RE: SB 1302, Crisis Call Center Fund Dear Chair Sickles and Members of the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee: I am writing on behalf of Inseparable, a growing coalition of people from across the country who share a common goal to fundamentally improve mental healthcare policy to heal ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities. This year, as the recovery from the COVID pandemic begins, America cannot afford to let mental health care fall further behind. Because of the dramatic increase in mental health crises, it has never been more important to invest in mental health and addiction care policy and services. We applaud Senator McPike for introducing SB1302. The success of the new mental health emergency hotline (988) is dependent on a timely and well-resourced nationwide rollout. Key to this is securing expanded and sustainable funds for not only crisis centers, but also for the mental health workforce that will deal with expected increase in demand and provide follow-on services. Like other mental health advocacy groups in the state and nationally, we are concerned that the current $0.12 fee in the bill is not sufficient to cover vital costs. We ask you to please urgently revisit the financial costs that will be generated by the establishment of the hotline and revise the fee amount on the bill. While we appreciate that there are plans to make increases in the future, Virginians are suffering today and need adequate support now. Sincerely, Krithika Harish Inseparable.us

Last Name: Harkey Organization: NAMI Virginia Locality: Hanover

February 11, 2021 Delegate Mark D. Sickles, Chair HWI Committee Virginia General Assembly RE: SB 1302, Crisis Call Center Fund Dear Chair Sickles and Members of the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee: NAMI Virginia is part of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Our mission is to promote recovery and improve the quality of life of Virginians with mental illness through support, education and advocacy. We would like to express our gratitude to Senator McPike for introducing SB 1302, the Crisis Call Center Fund, and to the Committee for hearing this bill today. NAMI supports the vision outlined in the bill, but we believe the bill should be strengthened by small changes, which we believe are critical to meeting the needs of Virginians with serious mental illness. NAMI’s members frequently come to us in need of help and support after enduring life-shattering circumstances. Too often, those circumstances include law enforcement. I’d like to share two brief examples to highlight the pain of inadequate investment in a mental health crisis service system. Recently, a Virginia man reached out to NAMI, distraught. His sibling had been saying things that didn’t make sense and was increasingly paranoid and lashing out, sensing threats where none existed. After an altercation with his partner, who called 911, police came and arrested the man, who was experiencing psychosis and had a family history of serious mental illness. With his family’s advocacy, this man was eventually given a mental health examination. The man and his family were traumatized by the police intervention and the daunting and stigmatizing challenges of navigating the criminal justice system. If they had been able to call 988 and receive a mobile crisis team response instead of police, there would have been no arrest, no criminal record and legal fees, and far less trauma for this Virginia family. Instead, the family’s sole focus could have been on helping this man get the care that he needed – not navigating the criminal justice system. In another instance, a person with bipolar disorder became manic and confused and tried to leave the state. When the family called for help, police arrested their child and held him in jail. Desperate, the family spent heartbreaking hours and significant resources trying to obtain not only legal help, but mental health treatment for their beloved child. Despite their resources, they were unable to navigate an incomprehensible system that criminalizes people with serious mental illness. There are countless families in Virginia whose lives have been turned upside down because of the lack of a sufficient behavioral health crisis system in Virginia. While we appreciate that there are plans to gradually improve this, the slow pace of investment does not do justice to the lives of Virginians who are suffering today and who deserve an investment of more than $0.12 a month. We respectfully request that you reconsider the level of E-911 fee for the Crisis Call Center Fund, clarify that it can be used to support mobile crisis teams, and further clarify that the annual report should include not only recommendations on crisis system needs, but also a recommendation on fee levels needed in the future to support the level of mobile response needed for the complex and acute mental health needs in our communities throughout Virginia. Respectfully, Kathy Harkey, MAPP, BSP, BSMDS Executive Director

Last Name: Young Organization: Twin County 911 Regional Commission Locality: Carroll

Although I am supportive of the National 9-8-8 Crisis Line, I am very concerned about linking the 9-1-1 and 9-8-8 funding. By linking the two, the National VDOT 9-1-1 Coordinator and FCC have ruled that Virginia would be considered as diverting 9-1-1 funds. Additionally, the 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) are not adequately funded. Currently the 9-1-1 Wireless Distribution, offsets an average of 12% of a PSAP's operating costs, and this is before the increases from moving to Next Generation Technology. I urge you to de-couple this Bill from 9-1-1. There will be significant value if 9-8-8 has a separate funding stream and separate visibility on carriers bills. Additionally, line 289 and 290 of the Senate Substitute Bill assigns in-house building repeaters as the number 2 priority. Although again while this important, it is restrictive and not the number 2 priority for 911 PSAPs. This should be removed, or at a minimum changed to "investments to improve location accuracy". I would like to speak, but I am receiving a message that requests to speak are closed. I have also reached out to Senator McPike, but have not been successful in getting a return call. I know others have submitted written comments on the Bill as well.

Last Name: Harkey Organization: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Virginia Locality: Hanover

Delegate Mark D. Sickles, Chair Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee RE: SB 1302, Crisis Call Center Fund Dear Chair Sickles and Members of the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee: NAMI Virginia is part of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Our mission is to promote recovery and improve the quality of life of Virginians with mental illness through support, education and advocacy. We would like to express our gratitude to Senator McPike for introducing SB 1302, the Crisis Call Center Fund, and to the Committee for hearing this bill today. NAMI supports the vision outlined in the bill, but we believe the bill should be strengthened by small changes, which we believe are critical to meeting the needs of Virginians with serious mental illness. NAMI’s members frequently come to us in need of help and support after enduring life-shattering circumstances. Too often, those circumstances include law enforcement. I’d like to share two brief examples to highlight the pain of inadequate investment in a mental health crisis service system. Recently, a Virginia man reached out to NAMI, distraught. His sibling had been saying things that didn’t make sense and was increasingly paranoid and lashing out, sensing threats where none existed. After an altercation with his partner, who called 911, police came and arrested the man, who was experiencing psychosis and had a family history of serious mental illness. With his family’s advocacy, this man was eventually given a mental health examination. The man and his family were traumatized by the police intervention and the daunting and stigmatizing challenges of navigating the criminal justice system. If they had been able to call 988 and receive a mobile crisis team response instead of police, there would have been no arrest, no criminal record and legal fees, and far less trauma for this Virginia family. Instead, the family’s sole focus could have been on helping this man get the care that he needed–not navigating the criminal justice system. In another instance, a person with bipolar disorder became manic and confused and tried to leave the state. When the family called for help, police arrested their child and held him in jail. Desperate, the family spent heartbreaking hours and significant resources trying to obtain not only legal help, but mental health treatment for their beloved child. Despite their resources, they were unable to navigate an incomprehensible system that criminalizes people with serious mental illness. There are countless families in Virginia whose lives have been turned upside down because of the lack of a sufficient behavioral health crisis system in Virginia. While we appreciate that there are plans to gradually improve this, the slow pace of investment does not do justice to the lives of Virginians who are suffering today and who deserve an investment of more than $0.12 a month. We respectfully request that you reconsider the level of E-911 fees for the Crisis Call Center Fund, clarify that it can be used to support mobile crisis teams, and further clarify that the annual report should include not only recommendations on crisis system needs, but also a recommendation on fee levels needed in the future to support the level of mobile response needed for the complex, acute mental health needs in our Virginia communities. Respectfully yours, Kathy Harkey, MAPP, BSP, BSMDS Executive Director

Last Name: Davis Organization: Tazewell County Sheriff's Office - Communications Division / (9-1-1) Locality: TAZEWELL

I am the Director of Tazewell County PSAP. My understanding of Bill SB1302 is to provide a 9-8-8 Crisis Call Center and establish a staff administered by the Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services providing a Hotline Center for the purposes of participating in the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and to provide consistency with federal guidelines. I'm in support of the 9-8-8 Crisis Line but opposed to this Bill for the following reasons: 1) Separate Bill introduced for the 9-8-8 line; Separating it out of Public Safety Answering Point funds. It should be separate and distinct from the current 9-1-1 legislation 2) The 9-1-1 PSAP Community consistently faces financial challenges and is conducting a cost study to determine the current adequacy of our current 9-1-1 surges to ease the costly increases to the NextGen voice and ever changing data technologies. Technology and costs for NG-911 are increasing our operating costs by leaps and bounds and a increase to what we receive from the wireless E-911 and the prepaid E-911 should be for providing our current expected services to maintain the quality of life for every citizen in State and locally. 3) E911 is in the middle of a huge migration now to Next Generation 9-1-1, which is mandated. PSAP's cannot just not migrate because of lack of funding. This Bill would limit the amount of funding PSAP's would be allotted, when we need these funds more now than ever. Technology is great and the 9-1-1 community is constantly growing and changing and the future is here we need to increase PSAP's funding and not share with another Department. 3) 9-1-1 funds (taxes) are collected to be used for 9-1-1 services / needs. Using these funds for other projects / needs for other Departments could lead a continued problem for the PSAP Community, it could lead to having funds continually diverted to non-9-1-1 needs or projects. I appreciate you time, consideration and efforts on this project, but please consider re-evaluating this SB1302 and designating a separate Bill for the needed funding to the 9-8-8 Crisis Call Center. Thank you.

Last Name: Goller Organization: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Locality: Midlothian, VA

House Committee on Health, Welfare, and Institutions, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the nation's largest organization dedicated to saving lives and restoring hope to those impacted by suicide, appreciates your consideration and thanks Senator McPike for championing the 988 policy and for introducing legislation to support crisis services for callers in need. When 988, the national mental health and suicide prevention crisis hotline number designated by the U.S. Congress, is made nationally available in July 2022 it is crucial that Virginia's local crisis call centers and state crisis capacity is effectively equipped to respond to individuals calling for help. AFSP applauds Senator McPike's effort to increase funding for Virginia's crisis response services, but we acknowledge the body of concerns regarding implementation of SB1302. Implementing service fees on wireless, wireline, and VoIP bills to support 988 would be invaluable. Providing stable funding for 988 centers just as we do for 911 centers is essential for ensuring that calls to 988 are answered quickly and effectively. But, input from professional organizations and policy experts regarding the proposed expanding of Virginia's 911 fee to support 988 has raised notable concerns. We hope that the fees collected to support 988 will not constitute diversion from the dedicated purpose of 911 fees or create jurisdictional challenges between 988 call centers and 911 PSAPs. Collaboration between 911 and 988 as parallel, but independent, response lines will be important, and the points raised by 911 stakeholders should be heeded. Fees collected in support of 988 should receive appropriate guardrails to prevent diversion, similar to 911. AFSP supports regular assessment and oversight of the collection and use of 988 fees to ensure that callers are responded to quickly, that robust services are provided, that at-risk communities are provided specialized services, that data can be used effectively, and that 988 can coordinate effectively with the continuum or crisis and emergency response. AFSP further reciprocates the support of mental health and suicide prevention experts for increased investment in 988 crisis services. Just as 911 PSAPs need robust, dedicated funding to ensure our calls are answered and responded to effectively, so too do 988 crisis call centers need to be prepared to respond to the demand for crisis services. We hope that 988 fees will be in parity with 911 fees, to ensure these parallel systems are both resourced sufficiently so any Virginian, regardless of their crisis or emergency, receives effective responses. We recognize and appreciate the perspectives of numerous stakeholders on the historic implementation of 988. And we applaud Senator McPike's efforts to bring Virginia's crisis response system into the 21st century. AFSP believes that the provision of robust 988 service fees can fortify Virginia's local crisis capacity before July 2022. We encourage the Committee to consider the concerns regarding the diversion of 911 fees and the administrative and funding needs of local crisis call centers responding to individuals in need. Thank you.

Last Name: Milligan Organization: Bristol VA Police Department Locality: Bristol, VA

Senate Bill 1302 proposes and increase in Wireless 9-1-1 surcharge to fund the National 9-8-8 Mental Health Crisis Line here in Virginia. This puts an increase for Next Generation 9-1-1 Sustainable Funding at risk. Please consider this: (1) Propose a separate bill be introduced to fund the 9-8-8 line. It can still utilize Wireless Surcharge. However it should be separate and distinct from the current 9-1-1 legislation. (2) If it continues under this Bill, then increase the surcharge to also address cost increases related to Next Generation 9-1-1 and the emerging technologies in voice and data. Additionally, there is an addition in Item D to make “Inhouse repeaters” the 9-1-1 grant funds second highest priority. This would be devastating to smaller PSAP’s. I would like to propose this be removed or modified to “improvements in location identification accuracy”.

Last Name: Flournoy Organization: ESVA 9-1-1 Commission (Accomack and Northampton Counties) Locality: Exmore, Virginia

My understanding of the bill is the following - 1. Creates a Crisis Call Center Fund (for 9-8-8), 2. Increases the wireless E-911 surcharge from .75 to .94 and increases the prepaid wireless E-911 charge from .50 to .63; some of the additional revenue to the Crisis Call Center and some to PSAP’s (9-1-1 Centers), 3. Expectations with the Marcus Alert System. ---- Some of the revenue attributed to the increase in the tax-rate would be distributed to the Crisis Call Center Fund (to establish and administer the call center) and the remainder of the additional revenue would be distributed to 9-1-1 Centers. Under the bill, .12 of the total monthly wireless 9-1-1 surcharge of .94 would be allocated for the Crisis Call Center Fund and .08 of the total surcharges on prepaid wireless devices (.63) would be allocated to the Crisis Call Center Fund. While this increase in the 9-1-1 taxes should result in additional revenue for 9-1-1 Centers, there are other considerations/concerns: 1. If approved, funds collected for 9-1-1 (and expected to be used for 9-1-1 services in the state) would be used for non-9-1-1 purposes (9-8-8 and the Crisis Call Center Fund). This is against the principle of why the 9-1-1 tax was created and a bigger-issue is the state most likely would be added to the FCC list of states that divert 9-1-1 fees for non-9-1-1 costs (from the NET911 Act from 2008). States on this list are subjects to consequences, such as withholding federal funding and how impacts to participating in aspects of FirstNet. Overall, is not a list a state wants to be on. 2. Our state in in the middle of a major 9-1-1 ecosystem transition (Next Generation 911), with costs incurred and expected to be incurred higher than what 9-1-1 Centers have previously experienced. The expectation would be to assure the necessary funds are provided to 9-1-1 Center’s before any consideration to use 9-1-1 funds collected elsewhere. 3. 9-1-1 funds (taxes) are collected to be used for 9-1-1 services/needs; using these funds for other projects/needs overall could lead to a slippery--slope in our state where these funds continue to be used (diverted) for non 9-1-1 needs/projects. The ESVA 9-1-1 Commission overall supports legislative changes to properly respond to individuals with mental health incidents or during a mental health crisis, however overall does not support the use of taxes/fees collected for 9-1-1 in our state not being used directly to support 9-1-1 services throughout our state, as is included in SB1302.

Last Name: Kuhns Organization: Surry County Emergency Communications Locality: Surry

The idea for a Mental Health hotline using E911 funding is not ideal. As a 911 center, we will still be responsible for taking those mental health calls even though there would be a designated hotline for this. E911 is in the middle of huge migration to Next Generation 911, which is mandated. PSAPs can not just not migrate because of lack of funding. This bill would limit the amount of funding PSAPs would be allotted, when we need these funds more than ever. The transition to Next Generation 911 is a very expensive transition, and E911 will need every bit of funding it can get to make this successful.

Last Name: Laney Organization: Wise County Sheriff's Office Locality: Wise County

In Support of 9-8-8 Crisis Line but opposed to this Bill for the following reasons: 1) Risk of Virginia being placed on the 9-1-1 Diversion List. It is my understanding 9-8-8- would be a diversion based on their review of language in the The New and Emerging 9-1-1 Technologies Act of 2008 (NET 911 Act). Repercussions include Virginia becoming ineligible for grant funding and ineligible to participate on National Committees. 2) The 9-1-1 Community consistently faces financial challenges and is conducting a cost study to determine the adequacy of the current 9-1-1 surcharge for funding increased costs related to the NextGen911 voice and data technologies. 3) Lastly, in line 289 and 290, the Bill proposes a change in priority to include a specific technology "in-building repeaters". I understand this is an important need, in our jurisdiction remote repeaters on public lands is as great a need as in-building repeaters. In either case, I would argue repeaters is not the second highest priority for 9-1-1 but rather training. At a minimum the language should be changed from 'in-house repeater" to 'location identification improvements'. Mu preference would be that prioritization remain with the 9-1-1 Services Board and the 9-1-1 Grant Committee. Thank you for your consideration.

Last Name: BARKER Organization: City of Galax and Twin County E-911 Locality: GALAX

While there is agreement that mental health services should be addressed by the state, including that funding within E-911 funding is diverting needed additional funds from PSAP's. Local E-911 agencies and PSAP's are under a financial crunch to upgrade to NG-911 over the next few years and are seeing technology and operating costs exceeding funds from the state and local approved taxing methods. When you consider the additional costs we now incur locally with additional mental health mandates, we are seeing local budgets stressed. E-911 is at its core a service as important for life saving measures as any other provided or mandated by the state and citizens. I would ask that you consider providing funding in full for PSAP's through the increase in E-911 fees and provide an additional fee for the mental health services.

Last Name: Young Organization: Twin County 911 Regional Commission (Galax, Grayson, Carroll) Locality: Carroll County

Although supportive of a 9-8-8 Crisis Line, I am opposed to this Bill for the following reasons: 1) Risk of Virginia being placed an the 9-1-1 Diversion List. In discussions with Laurie Flaherty, VDOT National 9-1-1 Coordinator, the FCC lawyers, VDOT lawyers are advising 9-8-8- would be a diversion based on their review of language in the The New and Emerging 9-1-1 Technologies Act of 2008 (NET 911 Act). Repercussions include Virginia becoming ineligible for grant funding but more importantly becoming ineligible to participate on National Committees. 2) The 9-1-1 Community is already facing financial challenges and are conducting a cost study to determine the adequacy of the current 9-1-1 surcharge for funding increased costs related to the Next Generation voice and data technologies. 3) Finally, in line 289 and 290, the Bill proposes a change in priority to include a specific technology "in-building repeaters". Again although an important need, in our jurisdiction remote repeaters on public lands is as great a need as in-building repeaters. In either case, I would argue repeaters is not the second highest priority for 9-1-1. Currently training takes that coveted spot. I would that at a minimum the language be changed from 'in-house repeater" to 'location identification improvements". Although my preference would be that prioritization remain with the 9-1-1 Services Board and the 9-1-1 Grant Committee. Thank you for your consideration.

Last Name: Hall Locality: Washington County

I am the Communications Manager for the Washington County PSAP. I think the funding for the Crisis call Center and the PSAP 911 portion should not be co mingled. The PASP Community 911 legislation and this National 988 Mental Health Crisis should be separate and distinct. We as PSAP's are constantly striving to improve the overall voice and data technologies that serve the areas we are in. At this time we are in the process of the Next Generation 911 migration and with this comes additional costs. We currently need all available funding that the wireless surcharges provide our centers and with the co mingling this would drastically reduce the funding for the PSAP and could be detrimental to those smaller PSAPs as well as others. While supporting the Crisis line is not the issue, it should have its own legislation thus not sharing the proposed funding. An additional increase should be designated for the Crisis Line funding, not taking the funding from the PSAP's.

SB1307 - School-based health services; Bd. of MAS to amend state plan for services to provide for payment.
No Comments Available
SB1316 - Child care providers; background checks, portability.
Last Name: Ragland Organization: Department of Social Services Locality: Richmond

Available to answer questions that the committee may have

SB1320 - Licensed certified midwives; clarifies definition, licensure, etc.
No Comments Available
SB1338 - Telemedicine; coverage of telehealth services by an insurer, etc.
No Comments Available
SB1366 - Aging services; economic and social needs.
No Comments Available
SB1421 - Brain injury; clarifies definition.
Last Name: Miller Organization: disAbility Law Center of Virginia Locality: richmond

the disAbility Law Center of Virginia supports SB 1421. We thank Senator Edwards for bringing this good bill.

SB1436 - Eligible Health Care Provider Reserve Directory; established.
No Comments Available
SB1464 - Drug Control Act; adds certain chemicals to Schedule I of Act.
No Comments Available
SB1472 - Individuals w/ intellectual & developmental disabilities; DMAS to study use of virtual support, etc.
No Comments Available
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