JCHC Legislation


Dispensing of Drugs and Devices by Pharmacists
HB2079 (Delegate Rasoul)

This bill expands pharmacists’ authority to dispense and administer certain drugs and devices under statewide protocols developed by the Board of Pharmacy.

(2019 Study: Dispensing of Drugs and Devices Pursuant to Pharmacy Collaborative Practice Agreements, Standing Orders, and Statewide Protocols)



The purpose of these bills is to provide greater access to naloxone for opioid overdose victims. House Bill 908 is the most extensive, allowing trained employees of a public place to possess and administer, and any bystander, to administer the drug, and also provides liability protection for civil damages to anyone administering naloxone

(Study: Naloxone Public Access and Storage)

Collaborative Practice Agreements
SB 565 (Senator Edwards) & HB 517 (Delegate Bulova)

These bills remove nurse practitioners and physician assistants from the list of health care practitioners that are required to participate in a collaborative agreement with a pharmacist.

(Study: Dispensing of Drugs and Devices Pursuant to Pharmacy Collaborative Practice Agreements, Standing Orders, and Statewide Protocols)

Forensic Nursing
SB 949 (Senator Lucas) & HB 806 (Delegate Delaney)

The purpose of these bills is to improve access and increase the availability of forensic nurse programs in the Commonwealth for victims of sexual assault and other physical and violent crimes against individuals, e.g. domestic violence and intimate partner abuse.

SB 766 (Senator Barker) & HB 807 (Delegate Delaney)

The purpose of these bills is to enhance the health care privacy protections for victims of violent crimes, including sexual assault and domestic violence.

Budget amendment: SB 30 Item 291 #1s (Senator Dunnavant)(Language only)

The purpose of this budget amendment is to create a work group to examine the feasibility of moving the Sexual Assault Examination (SAFE) program from the Workers Compensation Commission to the Department of Medical Assistance.

(Study: Forensic Nursing in the Commonwealth)

SB 214 (Senator Suitterlein)

This bill requires guardian ad litems to include Individualized Education Program (IEP) in their guardianship reports to the court for individuals between the ages of 17 and 21.

SB 585 (Senator Dunnavant)

This is an omnibus bill designed to improve the guardianship process in the Commonwealth and to determine how best to incorporate supported decision making into the guardianship process.

(Study: Supported Decision Making for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities)


Quality of Health Care in Jails and Prisons
HB 1917 (Delegate Stolle) & SB 1273 (Senator Lucas)

The purpose of these bills is to create a permanent quality of healthcare committee as part of the Department of Corrections administration.

HB 1918 (Delegate Stolle) & SB 1598 (Senator Dunnavant)

These bill require the Board of Corrections to establish minimum health care standards for local, regional and community correctional facility.

(Study: Quality of Health Care Services in Virginia Jails and Prisons, and Impact of Requiring Community Services Boards to Provide Mental Health Services in Jails)

Emergency Power for Assisted Living Facilities
HB 1815 (Delegate Hope)

The purpose of this bill is to require assisted living facilities to disclose in writing whether they have back up emergency power available in their facility to prospective residents.

(Study: Requiring the Installation of Onsite Temporary Emergency Electrical Power Sources for Assisted Living Facilities)

Prescription Drug Disposal
SB 1405 (Senator Dance) & HB 1743 (Delegate Bulova)

Allows a pharmacist to include information regarding the proper disposal of medicine when giving counsel to a person who presents a new prescription for filling.

Budget amendment: Item 299 #1h (Delegate Peace) (Language Only)

Directs the Board of Pharmacy to work with relevant stakeholders to determine ways to enhance public awareness of proper drug disposal methods, including existing community-based collection and disposal opportunities.

(Study: Pharmacy Drug Disposal Program)