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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 35. Department of Behavioral Health And Developmental Services
Chapter 190. Regulations for Voluntary Admissions to State Training Centers
9/24/2022

12VAC35-190-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Admission" means acceptance of an individual in a training center.

"Authorized representative" or "AR" means a person permitted by law or regulation to authorize the disclosure of information or to consent to treatment and services or participation in human research.

"Commissioner" means the Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

"Community services board" or "CSB" means the public body established pursuant to § 37.2-501 of the Code of Virginia that provides mental health, developmental, and substance abuse services to individuals within each city and county that established it. For the purpose of this chapter, CSB also includes a behavioral health authority established pursuant to § 37.2-602 of the Code of Virginia.

"Department" means the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

"Discharge plan" means a written plan prepared by the CSB providing case management in consultation with the training center pursuant to §§ 37.2-505 and 37.2-837 of the Code of Virginia. This plan is prepared when the individual is admitted to the training center and documents the services to be provided upon discharge.

"Guardian" means:

1. For minors -- an adult who is either appointed by the court as a legal guardian of a minor or exercises the rights and responsibilities of legal custody by delegation from a biological or adoptive parent, upon provisional adoption or otherwise by operation of law.

2. For adults -- a person appointed by the court who is responsible for the personal affairs of an incapacitated adult under the order of appointment. The responsibilities may include making decisions regarding the individual's support, care, health, safety, habilitation, education and therapeutic treatment. Refer to definition of "incapacitated person" at § 64.2-2000 of the Code of Virginia.

"Individual" means a person with an intellectual disability for whom services are sought. This term includes the terms "consumer," "patient," "resident," and "client."

"Intellectual disability" means a disability originating before the age of 18 years, characterized concurrently by (i) significant subaverage intellectual functioning as demonstrated by performance on a standardized measure of intellectual functioning administered in conformity with accepted professional practice that is at least two standard deviations below the mean; and (ii) significant limitations in adaptive behavior as expressed in conceptual, social, and practical adaptive skills.

"Licensed professional" means a licensed psychologist, licensed professional counselor, or other individual who holds a valid professional license and has appropriate training in intellectual testing.

"Regional support team" or "RST" means a group of professionals with expertise in serving individuals with developmental disabilities in the community appointed by the commissioner or the commissioner's designee who provide recommendations to support placement in the most integrated setting appropriate to an individual's needs and consistent with the individual's informed choice.

"Training center" means a facility operated by the department that provides training, habilitation, or other individually focused supports to persons with intellectual disabilities.

Statutory Authority

§§ 37.2-203 and 37.2-806 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR470-07-01 § 1, eff. October 8, 1976; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 7, eff. January 15, 2003; Volume 25, Issue 23, eff. August 19, 2009; Volume 35, Issue 6, eff. December 27, 2018.

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