Senator Rosalyn R. Dance

Senator Rosalyn R. Dance, Chair of the Joint Commission on Health Care (JCHC) welcomes you to the JCHC website. The JCHC was established as a standing commission of the Virginia General Assembly in 1992. JCHC seeks through its research, recommendations, and legislative actions to "ensure that the Commonwealth as provider, financier, and regulator adopts the most cost-effective and efficacious means of delivery of health care services so that the greatest number of Virginians receive quality health care." JCHC's statutory purpose and authority are denoted in Code of Virginia §§ 30-168 through 170.

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MEETING RECORDINGS:                                                                                                                                To view LIVE STREAM of meetings: Go to the General Assembly website (https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/), on the top you will see a  blue bar "Click for Bill tracking, Meetings, Who's My Legislator?" click on that and then under "Live Session Video" click on "Senate of Virginia Streaming". The meeting shows up under Upcoming Events.

To view recorded past meetings (if available): Go to "Meetings" tab on the left and look under meeting date. 

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Forensic Nursing in Virginia articles (10/17/19):                                                                                                    "Forensic nurse shortage means Virginia sex assault victims travel hours for exams"                "Nursing, hospital shortage means Virginia sex assault victims travel hours for exams"            "Forensic Nurse Shortage in VA Means Sexual Assault Victims Jump Through Hoops To Resolve                Cases"                                                                                                                                                          "Study: Shortage of nurses qualified to provide sexual assault exams in Va. is further hardship for            some victims"                                                                                                                                              "Sexual Assault Examinations Lacking in VA"                                                                                              "Why a new study reveals Virginia is short on sex assault exam providers"                                        "Study finds state is short on sex assault exam providers"                                                              "Shortage of nurses certified to perform sexual assault exams in Virginia, new study finds"      "Forensic nurse scarcity means Virginia intercourse assault victims journey hours for exam"        "Study Finds Virginia is Short on Sex Assault Exam Providers"                               

Forensic nurse shortage means Virginia sex assault victims travel hours for exams

"This Week in Richmond" NPR Interview- 9/4/2019  https://vpm.org/watch/articles/6803/this-week-in-richmond-michele-chesser-delcliff-  hayes-sen-louise-lucas


As a legislative Commission, JCHC conducts health-related research but does not regulate health care providers or address individual care-related complaints or reports of abuse.  To make a complaint regarding care provided within the Commonwealth of Virginia or to report on abuse, you may contact one or more of the following agencies/organizations.  For immediate assistance in an emergency, you should call 911.

The Joint Commission
1-800-994-6610 or 630-792-5800
Fax:  630-792-5636
Mail complaint to:  
Office of Quality Monitoring
The Joint Commission
One Renaissance Boulevard
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois  60181
TJC staff “cannot serve as complaint mediators, we can use the information you provide to identify possible noncompliance with our accreditation or certification standards.  For direct resolution of your complaint, you may want to bring your issue to the attention of the health care organization’s leadership.”

disAbility Law Center of Virginia
Toll Free:  1-800-552-3962 (Voice/TTY)  or Metro Richmond area: (804) 225-2042
 “We help with disability-related problems like abuse, neglect, and discrimination. We also help people with disabilities obtain services and treatment. All callers receive help with these problems. Individuals with problems, targeted in our program goals, may also receive advocacy services and/or legal representation.”

Virginia Department of Health

Toll Free:  800-955-1819 or Metro Richmond area:  (804) 367-2106
For complaints involving "nursing facilities, inpatient and outpatient hospitals, home care organizations, hospice programs, dialysis facilities, and clinical laboratories."

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Human Rights Office and regional advocate numbers are included in DBHDS link
For complaints involving services for “individuals who have mental illness, intellectual disabilities or substance abuse disorders…[who receive] services under the Individual and Family Developmental Disabilities Support Waiver or…in residential facilities for…brain injuries.” 

Virginia Department of Health Professions
Toll Free:  1-800-533-1560 or Metro Richmond area:  (804) 367-4691
For “complaints about health care practitioners who may have violated a regulation or law.”

Virginia Department of Social Services
Child Protective Services:  In-state 1-800-552-7096/Out-of-state (804) 786-8536
Hearing-impaired 1-800-828-1120
Adult Protective Services:  1-888-832-3858

Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance
Toll Free:  1-866-356-6998

Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Toll Free:  1-800-552-3402 or Metro Richmond area (804) 565-1600
“Ombudsmen advocate for older persons receiving long term care services, whether the care is provided in a nursing home or assisted living facility, or through community-based services to assist persons still living at home.  We provide older Virginians, their families and the public with information, advocacy, and assistance to help resolve care problems.”

National Human Trafficking Resource Center
Toll Free:  1-888-373-7888