Southeastern Virginia Training Center (SEVTC)
Virginia has historically relied on large, state-run institutions for individuals with intellectual disabilities and has not done enough to build community capacity to enable individuals who choose to live in their own communities to be full participants. The 2009 Virginia General Assembly voted to reduce the size of SEVTC from 200 beds to 75 beds and to increase community capacity so residents have access to a full-range of services and supports in community settings.
It is crucial that plans to downsize SEVTC include assurances that there are ample options for individuals to access quality support in a safe environment in the community and that the continuum of care is maintained in an efficient manner. In addition, building community capacity would provide opportunities for SEVTC staff to transition to new positions and in many cases, continue to work with the same individuals they currently support.
As plans develop, the below guiding principles will be followed:
- Advancing the Vision: Ensure safe and successful transfer of individuals to locations in the community where they will receive services and supports that meet their individual needs.
- Responsive Workforce Development: Expanded community capacity will also allow staff to transition to new community settings, often working with the same individuals they supported at SEVTC.
- Assuring Partnership Development: To ensure the safe and timely transition of all individuals, Virginia’s public and private sector leadership must work together so family members are fully aware of available community settings and the ability of those settings to serve most individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Fiscal Stewardship: Use the Commonwealth’s resources by the most effective and efficient means.
An advisory committee, chaired by the Commissioner or his designee, has been created to ensure adherence to the guiding principles and to focus on important areas such as:
- Individuals receiving services at SEVTC – Will address partnerships to build community options for children to access quality support in a safe environment, and addressing concerns surrounding the downsizing of state-operated training center beds.
- Employees – Will address plans for staffing reductions and developing severance packages.
- Membership – There has been much interest from family members, staff,
private providers and other stakeholders to be a part of the SEVTC advisory
committee. We have carefully selected the committee’s membership to ensure
representation of a full range of expertise and viewpoints. Advisory
committee members include:
- Facility staff
- CSB staff
- Family members
- Individuals served at SEVTC
- Local government
- Private providers
- The committee will be supported by smaller, task-specific working groups.
- Capital investment
- Provider/Service Development
- Individual Assessments and Service Plan Development
- General Administration/Infrastructure
- The committee meets monthly.
- An important part of each meeting will be a public comment period to provide a valuable broader perspective on issues that the committee will use to guide and oversee the
downsizing process at SEVTC. Each member of the public interested in speaking will have up to three minutes to inform the committee about factors they believe should be taken into consideration as part of the
downsizing process. We believe working together in such a manner will lead to the safe and successful transition of individuals into appropriate community settings.
- Meeting Agendas and Minutes
The most recent SEVTC Advisory Committee meeting was held on Thursday, September 23, 2010.
- Thursday, September 23, 2010 (Minutes) (Presentation) (pdf)
- Thursday, March 4, 2010 (Agenda) (Minutes) (Presentation 1) (Presentation 2)
- Thursday, January 28, 2010 (Minutes)
- Tuesday, December 15, 2009 (Agenda) (Minutes)
- Tuesday, October 27, 2009 (Minutes) (Presentation 1) (Presentation 2)
- Thursday, September 24, 2009 (Agenda) (Minutes) (Presentation)
- Thursday, August 13, 2009 (Agenda) (Minutes) (Presentation)
- Thursday, June 25, 2009 (Agenda) (Minutes)
- Tuesday, May 26, 2009 (Agenda) (Minutes) (Presentation)
- Thursday, April 30, 2009 (Agenda) (Minutes)
- Monday, June 21, 2010 –
Presentation to the House Appropriations Committee: Partnering to Advance Support for Tidewater’s Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
- Click here to contact your local Community Services Board about existing or growing community resources for individuals with intellectual disability.
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