During FY2017, DBHDS reported the highest number of deaths in state mental hospitals since 2012, with many deaths occurred shortly after admission.
Southwestern Virginia Training Center (SWVTC), a state-operated institution for people with intellectual disabilities, is officially closed. The last resident left the institution in Hillsville on August 21st.
After bills are approved by the legislature, they then go to the Governor for review. He can sign the bill, suggest changes, or veto the bill.
A few years back, the Center for Public Integrity authored a report on school discipline disparities among students of color and students with disabilities in Virginia and other states.
Virginia’s Senate Committee on Courts of Justice defeated two bills that would have extended “hate crime” protections to people with disabilities.