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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 35. Department of Behavioral Health And Developmental Services
Chapter 240. Eugenics Sterilization Compensation Program
3/1/2024

12VAC35-240-10. Definitions.

"Act" means Chapter 394 of the 1924 Acts of Assembly passed by the Virginia General Assembly on March 20, 1924, known as the Virginia Eugenical Sterilization Act, which provided for the sexual sterilization of individuals admitted to state institutions in certain cases.

"Application" means the Application Form for Filing a Claim for Compensation for Victims of the 1924 Eugenical Sterilization Act made available by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

"Claimant" means any person claiming eligibility who applies for compensation pursuant to this chapter.

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

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

"Lawfully authorized representative" means (i) a person who is permitted by law or regulation to act on behalf of an individual or (ii) a personal representative of an estate, as defined in § 64.2-100 of the Code of Virginia, of an individual who died on or after February 1, 2015.

"Review panel" means a minimum of three department staff members who are appointed by the commissioner to make final determinations that applications for claims deemed complete pursuant to this chapter meet the criteria for compensation.

"Sterilization" means a medical procedure or form of birth control that leaves a male or female unable to reproduce or conceive children and was performed pursuant to the Act.

Statutory Authority

§ 37.2-203 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 15, eff. May 4, 2017.

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