Budget Update – Chapter 3

The “Conference Report” has been released – there are a few nuggets of good news, but not much in the way of long term support for services going forward.   Personal Care, Respite and Companion services will receive a an increase to “preserve the safety net” and Consumer Directed Services staff will have access to […]

While We Wait

It appears that both State and Federal budget decisions will be made in the next several days – so while we wait, let me update on the critical issues which will need to be addressed: Minimum Wage – if the Senate (federal) parliamentarian rules that the increase to $15/hour proposed in the House version of […]

Session – Day 42

Almost over – and little damage done!  There have been some fairly monumental accomplishments, most of which are not strictly within our portfolio.  So let’s look at what may affect us as providers: HB1808 & SB1154 require DBHDS to report cases of abuse or neglect to dCLV as they currently report serious incidents; no action […]

New Option for COVID Vaccines for Residential Programs

A VDH Long-Term Care Facility Vaccination Coordination Team has been established under the VDH State Pharmacy to coordinate the current and on-going need for vaccinations at long-term care facilities, including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, independent living facilities, group homes, and other residential care settings. An intake process has been established in REDCap for […]

More on the Valentine’s Day Post (Massacre?)

Sorry- too good to pass up! When I posted the Happy Valentine’s Day news, I was not aware of a couple of additional key facts: The notice from the Office of Licensing (originally sent on Friday), did not go to the usual list of providers.  As more and more emails came in saying that it […]