Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
5/28/2024

Article 6. Mental Health Services

6VAC15-45-1430. Provision of mental health services.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall specify the provision of mental health services for inmates. These services include, but are not limited to, those provided by qualified mental health professionals who meet the educational and licensure/certification criteria specified by their respective professional discipline (i.e. psychiatry, psychology, psychiatric nursing, and social work).

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 13.25; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-1440. Access to mental health services.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall provide that all inmates have access to mental health services. These services shall include a system for mental health screening and mental health evaluation of inmates, a system of referral to the services of qualified mental health professionals, a system for transfer or commitment of inmates in need of mental health services beyond the facility resources, and a system for continuity of care and follow-up procedures.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 13.26; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-1450. Mental health status information.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall provide for the initial and ongoing assessment and determination of the mental health status and needs of inmates.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 13.27; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-1460. Special needs inmates.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall provide for identification of special needs inmates. Special needs inmates shall include, but are not limited to, inmates who are mentally ill, emotionally or behaviorally disturbed, or mentally retarded. Programs shall be instituted for these inmates' appropriate management and treatment.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 13.28; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-1470. Inmates with acute mental health needs.

Inmates who are acutely mentally ill, severely emotionally or behaviorally disturbed, or severely mentally retarded shall be referred for placement in units appropriate for their treatment and management needs.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 13.29; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-1480. Suicide and intervention plan.

There shall be a written suicide prevention and intervention plan that is reviewed and approved by a qualified mental health professional. Staff with responsibility for inmate supervision shall be familiar with the plan.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 13.30; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-1490. Mental health training program.

There shall be a written mental health training program which is provided to employees whose duties require direct contact with special needs inmates. This training program shall be developed and reviewed by qualified mental health professionals.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 13.31; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

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