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Archived News: Across Virginia
January 2012

Virginia Agrees to Add Waiver Slots and Close Training Centers as Result of Justice Department Investigation and Report

As reported by Olympia Meola in the Richmond Times Dispatch (Jan. 27, 2012), the Commonwealth of Virginia has now reached an agreement with the United States Justice Department following the 2008-2010 investigation into state training centers, and the subsequent critical report issued in February 2011. The settlement allows Virginia to avoid litigation and provides that the state will grow services to support community-based care and add 4,170 waiver slots to aid in this transition. Four of the five state training centers are scheduled to be closed by July 1, 2020.

To view the entire Richmond Times Dispatch (Jan. 27, 2012) article, "Virginia, U.S. Reach $2B Settlement on Disability Services," click here.


Shafer Autism Report Shares Update on HB 1106

The January 19, 2012 Schafer Autism Report shared a story by Wesley P. Hester of The Richmond Times Dispatch titled, “Fix to Virginia Autism Measure Sailing Through House.” Mr. Hester reported on the status of HB 1106, which “gives the Board of Medicine the power it needs to develop licensure regulations for behavior analysts treating children with autism spectrum disorder.” If passed by both the House and Senate, this legislation would take effect immediately after the Governor signs it.

To view The Richmond Times Dispatch article, click here.

To view the entire Shafer Autism Report, Click here.


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