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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice And Corrections
Agency 35. Department (Board) of Juvenile Justice
Chapter 41. Regulation Governing Juvenile Group Homes and Halfway Houses

6VAC35-41-1290. Behavior management.

A. Each facility shall implement a behavior management program. Behavior management shall mean those principles and methods employed to help a resident achieve positive behavior and to address and correct a resident's inappropriate behavior in a constructive and safe manner in accordance with written procedures governing program expectations, treatment goals, and residents' and employees' safety and security.

B. Written procedures governing this program shall provide the following:

1. A description of the rules of conduct and behavioral expectations for the resident;

2. Orientation of residents as provided in 6VAC35-41-770 (orientation to facility rules and disciplinary procedures);

3. A description of a system of privileges and sanctions that is used and available for use.

4. Specification of the staff members who may authorize the use of privileges and sanctions; and

5. Documentation requirements when sanctions are imposed.

C. Written information concerning the procedures of the provider's behavior management program shall be provided prior to admission to prospective residents, legal guardians, and placing agencies. For court-ordered and emergency admissions, this information shall be provided to:

1. Residents within 12 hours following admission;

2. Placing agencies within 72 hours following the resident's admission; and

3. Legal guardians within 72 hours following the resident's admission.

D. When substantive revisions are made to procedures governing management of resident behavior, written information concerning the revisions shall be provided to:

1. Residents prior to implementation; and

2. Legal guardians and placing agencies prior to implementation.

E. The facility administrator or designee shall review the behavior management program and procedures at least annually to determine appropriateness for the population served.

F. Any time residents are present, staff must be present who have completed all trainings in behavior management.

Statutory Authority

§§ 16.1-309.9, 66-10, and 66-24 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 25, eff. January 1, 2014.

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