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Southeastern Virginia Training Center (SEVTC)


Advisory Committee


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Fiscal Stewardship: Use the Commonwealth’s resources by the most effective and efficient means.

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