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Settlement Agreement Between the Commonwealth of Virginia and the U.S. Department of Justice

Settlement Agreement
Independent Reviewer Reports
Transition to a Community-Based System
  Implementation Updates to the General Assembly
  Updates to CSB Staff and Private Providers
DBHDS Settlement Agreement Stakeholder Group Meetings
Presentations and More Information
Rental Choice VA



In August 2008, DOJ initiated an investigation of Central Virginia Training Center (CVTC) pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA). In April 2010, DOJ notified the Commonwealth that it was expanding its investigation to focus on Virginia’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the U.S. Supreme Court Olmstead ruling. The Olmstead decision requires that individuals be served in the most integrated settings appropriate to meet their needs consistent with their choice. In February 2011, DOJ submitted a findings letter to Virginia, concluding that the Commonwealth fails to provide services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.

DOJ Findings Letter (February 10, 2011)

In March 2011, upon advice and counsel from the Office of the Attorney General, Virginia entered into negotiations with DOJ in an effort to reach a settlement without subjecting the Commonwealth to an extremely costly and lengthy court battle with the federal government. On January 26, 2012, Virginia and DOJ reached a settlement agreement. The agreement resolves DOJ’s investigation of Virginia’s training centers and community programs and the Commonwealth’s compliance with the ADA and Olmstead with respect to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Settlement Agreement

Major highlights include:

Expanding Community-Based Services

Supporting Quality Community-Based Services

Transitioning from Training Centers

131206 Report of the Independent Reviewer 3.12CV059.pdf

Independent Reviewer Reports

Transition to a Community-Based System

Virginia has provided a plan to the General Assembly to cease residential operations at four of Virginia’s training centers. The plan establishes a timeline for the closure of Southside Virginia Training Center in FY14, Northern Virginia Training Center in FY15, Southwestern Virginia Training Center in FY18, and Central Virginia Training Center in FY20. Southeastern Virginia Training Center will remain open at 75 beds. State officials will work with the legislative leadership to ensure that the plan is appropriately developed and responsibly implemented. State officials adhered to two overarching goals when considering these proposals and developing the plan: 1) To ensure the agreement results in the best possible outcomes for Virginians with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and 2) To ensure the agreement and plan are fiscally responsible.

Plan to Transform the System of Care for Individuals with Intellectual Disability in the Commonwealth of Virginia (February 13, 2012)  


Implementation Reports to the General Assembly

Presentations to the General Assembly

Updates to CSB Staff and Private Providers

Regional Support Teams

Information on RSTs for CSB Support Coordinators

Information on RSTs for Training Centers

Information on RSTs for DD Case Managers


DBHDS Settlement Agreement Stakeholder Group Meetings

May 2014

January 2014

DBHDS Settlement Agreement Stakeholder Group Meeting Archives

Presentations and More Information


The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) has engaged the Fairfax-Falls Church and the Virginia Beach Community Services Boards (CSBs) in a 36 month pilot program called “Rental Choice VA.”  This pilot program provides individuals who currently live in ID Waiver group homes or ICFs, and individuals with developmental disabilities in nursing facilities or ICFs, an opportunity to move to safe, decent rental housing they can lease on their own or with a friend.  Rental Choice VA makes rental housing affordable by offering:

(1) “rent up” assistance to help pay the costs to get an apartment, such as application fees, security deposits, moving expenses, and utility deposits/connection fees, and
(2) rental assistance, which pays the difference between 30% of the individual’s monthly adjusted household income and the gross contract rent for an approved unit.

Support Coordinators will help individuals apply for Rental Choice VA and guide individuals through the search process to find housing that meets Rental Choice VA standards. They will also link individuals to community services that support individuals in their new homes. Individuals will develop person-centered plans that include a housing needs profile and a household budget, and outline the services and resources needed for the initial transition to new housing and to maintain this housing. Support coordinators will connect individuals to providers who deliver a variety of services, including in-home support, personal assistance, companion care, therapeutic consultation, assistive technology, and environmental modifications.

For more information about Rental Choice VA eligibility, available assistance and participation requirements, please contact Jeannie Cummins in Fairfax at 703-324-7006 or by email:; or Chris Davis in Virginia Beach at 757-385-0554, by email:





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