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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice and Corrections
Agency 15. Department of Corrections
Chapter 70. Standards for Community Residential Programs

6VAC15-70-120. Programs.

A. Agency staff shall design a personalized program with and for each resident that includes:

1. Measurable criteria of expected behavior and accomplishments;

2. Time schedule for achievement; and

3. Signatures of employee and resident.

B. Agency staff shall review changes in the personalized program with the resident and document this procedure with employee and resident signatures.

C. Agency staff shall review resident progress with the resident every two weeks. The outcome of each review shall be documented in the resident's case file.

D. Written procedures shall provide residents increasing involvement with family and community activities prior to final release.

E. Residents' attendance and participation in religious services and activities shall be voluntary. Residents shall be permitted to attend religious services of their choice in the community once eligible to go out on pass and to receive visits from representatives of their religious affiliation.

F. Written procedures shall ensure that residents receive approved visitors during established visiting hours, except where there is substantial evidence that a visitor poses a threat to the safety of the resident or the security of the facility.

G. The agency program shall provide for recreational and leisure time activities.

H. Agency staff shall provide, or make referrals when needed, for the following services:

1. Supervision in the community;

2. Shelter;

3. Food service (where applicable);

4. Financial assistance;

5. Individual counseling;

6. Assistance with transportation;

7. Medical health services;

8. Mental health services;

9. Vocational evaluation, counseling and training;

10. Employment counseling and placement;

11. Education or training counseling and placement; and

12. Group counseling.

I. Agency staff shall use community resources, either through referrals for service or by contractual agreement, to provide residents with the services to become self-sufficient.

J. Agency staff shall ensure that residents' mail, both incoming and outgoing, is not read or withheld and that inspection of residents' mail for money or contraband shall occur in the presence of the resident.

K. Resident grievances shall be governed by written procedures that shall include an appeals process.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-5 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-30-004:1 § 4.2, eff. July 1, 1993; amended, Volume 16, Issue 24, eff. September 17, 2000; Volume 25, Issue 03, eff. November 15, 2008.

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