Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Rules and Regulations For Licensing Providers by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services [12 VAC 35 ‑ 105]
Action Provision of provider statement to any other provider
Stage Fast-Track
Comment Period Ended on 10/14/2020
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9/17/20  1:46 pm
Commenter: Nicole Lewis Southside Behavioral Health

Southside's Concerns

Requesting that DBHDS defines or develops some standardization for “Character, ability, and fitness for employment” these statements are subjective in nature. Further guidance is needed in order for an agency to give accurate information to another agency. One person’s thoughts/views will not be the same as another’s.

We are concerned with the liability and potential of a lawsuit if we provide this information on current/former employees. Currently, we provide facts not subjective information for references as suggested by our legal counsel.

A possible solution as stated in other comments may be utilizing the CHRIS system or other reporting agency in addition to the background checks that we currently complete on new/potential hires. I have heard that the CHRIS system may be changing software by the end of the year. Could the new system provide a database that would be searchable for employee information?

CommentID: 84958