In the course of its planning and advocacy activities, the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities determined that a concise, far-reaching “blueprint” was needed by which it and others could measure not just the progress of the state’s disability services system toward full community integration, but also the overall progress toward achieving a Commonwealth with equal rights and opportunities for all Virginians.
To create this blueprint, a Board workgroup first developed a broad description of the elements for an ideal disability services system and deliberated the actions needed to achieve it. This initial description was then refined and broadened in scope to create a document, Benchmarks for Evaluating Public Policy in Virginia, applicable to public policy and actions impacting all individuals, with and without disabilities.
The Board asks all policymakers to take the time to review, consider, and adopt these Benchmarks and to consider the impact upon Virginians with disabilities when developing, writing, and implementing all state policies, regulations, laws, and funding priorities. To learn more about the Benchmarks or to duplicate and share them with others, please click on the following links:
Board policy recommendations are also found in its Assessment of the Disability Services System at http://vaboard.org/assessment.htm
Policy positions and public comment made prior to 2008 is archived at: http://vaboard.org/archives_index.asp
02-28-2012: DBHDS Policy 1016 (SYS) 86-23, Comprehensive, Community-Based System of Services Goal;
DBHDS Policy 1034 (SYS) 05-1, Partnership Agreement; and
DBHDS Policy 1036 (SYS) 05-3, Vision Statement
DBHDS Policy 1029 (SYS) 90-2, Definition of Serious Mental Illness, Serious Emotional Disturbance and At-Risk of Serious Emotional Disturbance;
DBHDS Policy 1035 (SYS) 05-2, Single Point of Entry and Case Management Services; and
DBHDS Policy 1037 (SYS) 05-4, Individual Consumer Information and the Community Consumer Submission
11-19-2009: DBHDS 2010-2016 Comprehensive State Plan
09-21-2012: VDOE ESEA Flexibility Waiver Application
10-31-2012: DSS Foster Care Permanency Regulation
09-24-2012: VHDA Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP)
08-14-2012: DHCD Housing Trust Fund