Delegate John M. O'Bannon, III, 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.
There is a revised version of Minor Consent Requirements for Voluntary Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment posted in the October 8, 2014 JCHC meeting folder. The revised version includes 4 new JCHC member-proposed policy options (Options 8 – 11); written public comment on all of the policy options is being accepted through October 30th.
Resources for Veterans
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Listing of Toll-Free Contact Numbers
Veterans Crisis Line -1-800-273-8255 Press 1
VA Aid & Attendance Allowance
Additional monetary payment for "veterans and survivors who are eligible for a VA pension and require the aid and attendance of another person or may be housebound...."
Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Information and extensive index of resources and contacts for veterans and their families.
Family of Heroes - Online resiliency training for military families.
Technology Assistance Program (TAP) through the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Veterans, surviving spouses and children, and active members of the Virginia National Guard may qualify for no-cost telecommunication equipment (if eligibility requirements are met).
Military Credentialing Resources through the Virginia Department of Health Professions
Resources for active duty service members, veterans, and military spouses.
Have a care-related complaint or abuse report?
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.
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.”
The Joint Commission
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.”
Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy
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 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