Session 2016 Budget Clarification

April 14, 2016

Budget language which describes the intent of the General Assembly for the use of funding to hire an independent contractor to consider options for the possible continued operation of CVTC.  Reports of a recent meeting suggest that this may be portrayed primarily as funding to develop community options.

“Out of this appropriation, up to $100,000 the first year from the general fund is provided to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to contract with an independent contractor to develop options for the General Assembly. Such contract shall consider the Commonwealth’s options of how to operate the Central Virginia Training Center to provide care in the event that sufficient community capacity is not available or is insufficient to meet the care needs of individuals. The options developed shall focus on operating the facility by primarily utilizing the newly renovated buildings and include estimates on operating and capital costs and other operational changes necessary to operate such facility. The department, in collaboration with the Department of Planning and Budget (DPB), shall develop the Request for Proposals (RFP), if the RFP process is utilized. DPB shall review the proposals, along with the department, and no award shall be approved without the concurrence of DPB. If the RFP process is not used for any reason then DPB staff shall be jointly involved with the department in selecting the contractor and shall grant final approval before awarding the contract. The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services shall provide all necessary information in a timely manner as requested by the contractor. The contract shall require the work to be completed and the plan submitted by December 1, 2016, to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees.”