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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
4/3/2020

6VAC15-70-70. Facility Operation.

Part III
Facility

A. The agency administrator shall ensure that the facility conforms to all applicable laws, codes and zoning ordinances.

B. The agency administrator shall ensure that the facility complies with applicable state and local building codes.

C. The agency administrator shall ensure that the facility complies with sanitation and health codes of the state or local jurisdiction. Any sanitation and health deficiencies shall have a documented plan of corrective action that has been approved by the appropriate state or local inspector.

D. The agency administrator shall ensure that the facility complies with the regulations of the state or local fire safety authority that has jurisdiction over the facility. Any fire safety deficiencies shall have a documented plan of corrective action that has been approved by the appropriate state or local inspector.

E. Smoke detectors shall be installed, operational and inspected as recommended by the fire marshal or fire department representative.

F. Automatic, permanent emergency lights shall be installed, operational, and inspected as recommended by the fire marshal or fire department representative.

G. Agency staff shall have a housekeeping and maintenance plan. The facility shall be clean and in good repair.

H. The facility shall be located within 10 city blocks of public transportation or other means of transportation shall be available.

I. Sleeping quarters and bathroom areas shall have a minimum of 20 foot-candles of light.

J. Sleeping quarters shall be properly ventilated.

K. Sleeping quarters shall have a minimum of 60 square feet of floor space per resident.

L. Male and female residents shall not occupy the same sleeping quarters.

M. Each resident shall be provided, at a minimum, the following:

1. Bed;

2. Mattress and pillow;

3. Supply of bed linens;

4. Chair; and

5. Closet or locker space.

N. Residents shall be afforded space in the facility for:

1. Private counseling;

2. Group meetings; and

3. Visitation.

O. The facility shall have a minimum of one toilet and one shower or bathing facility for every 10 residents.

P. The facility shall have a minimum of one wash basin for every six residents.

Q. The facility shall have one washer and one dryer for every 16 residents, or equivalent laundry service shall be available in the immediate vicinity of the facility.

R. Rules and regulations pertaining to residents shall be conspicuously posted in the facility.

S. Written procedures shall govern transportation of residents that ensure at a minimum:

1. Those staff providing transportation shall have a valid operator's license;

2. Reporting of accidents; and

3. The vehicle's operation is in accordance with all state and local laws or ordinances.

T. Reasonable accommodations shall be available for the disabled.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-5 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-30-004:1 § 3.1, 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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