2018 Work Plan 

    • Prevalence and Risks of ADHD Medications in Virginia (2 Year Study- continued from 2017)
    • HB 1500 Item 30A
    • Identify methods toraise awareness of risks related to the mental and physical health side effects of ADHD medication use and risk of drug addiction; compile and track statistics regarding the number of children in Virginia schools who are diagnosed with ADHD or other similar conditions; identify the incidence and prevalence of prescribing anti-psychotics for off-label use by general physicians and psychiatrists. 
      • Should Medical Aid-in-Dying be Legal in Virginia? (2 Year Study- continued from 2017)
      • Letter of request from Delegate Kaye Kory, 2017
      • Review states that authorize medical aid-in-dying and answer the following questions:  What has been the impact of informing patients about end of-life options such as hospice care and palliative care?  How have the following acted to implement the law?  Health care providers;Health care systems;Health care institutions: Using data from states that allow medical aid-in-dying, how many people would likely utilize medical aid-in-dying if it became law in Virginia? Have people been coerced to ingest end-of-life medication? Have any of the states enacted protections to discourage or prevent coercion?
  • Options for Increasing Use of Telemental Health Services in Virginia (2 Year Study-continued from 2017)
  • HB 1500 Item 30B
  • Study options for increasing the use of telemental health services in the Commonwealth, including the issues and recommendations set forth in the report of the Telemental Health Work Group of the Joint Subcommittee Studying Mental Health Services in the Commonwealth in the 21st Century.


  • Quality of Health Care Services in Virginia Jails and Prisons; and Impact of Requiring Community Service Boards to Provide Mental Health Services in Jails (2 Year Study- continued from 2017)
  • HJ 616 (Delegate O'Bannon, III), 2017
  • Study the quality of health care services provided to inmates in jails and prisons in the Commonwealth.
  • HJ 779 (Delegate Holcomb, III), 2017
  • Study the impact including benefits, costs and barriers; of requiring community services boards (CSBs) to provide mental health services in jails.


Pharmacy Drug Disposal Program
HB 862 (Senator Vogel)

Requires that each pharmacy participate in a pharmacy drug disposal program in order to properly dispose of unwanted prescription drugs. Under current law, participation in such program is voluntary.


Requiring the Installation of Onsite Temporary Emergency Electrical Power Sources for Assisted Living Facilities
HJ 123 (Delegate Hope)

Directs the Joint Commission on Health Care to study (i) the feasibility of requiring an onsite temporary emergency electrical power source for licensed assisted living facilities and (ii) the services that assisted living facilities should be required to provide or continue to provide during an emergency.


Addiction Relapse Prevention Programs in the Commonwealth
Letter of request by Delegate Kaye Kory, 2018

Study substance addiction relapse prevention, with a particular focus on opioid addiction, and address the following questions: How do former addicts maintain addiction-free or relapse-free lives? What are reported rates of success and failure and how is success defined and tracked? Is there a best practices model for prevention programs? What is needed to “cure” addiction in terms of pharmaceutical management? What role does counseling play and what are the requirements for success? What training/technical assistance is needed for peer counselors? What are the costs? What cost-effectiveness data exist? (e.g., Is there a formula to equate time out in the community addiction-free with any savings as compared to the cost of recidivism?) If Virginia data are scarce, what does the national picture indicate (e.g., States with similar demographics to Virginia)?  If data is insufficient in Virginia, how can we effectively collect it?


Addressing Rising Health Insurance Premiums in Virginia (Rescheduled to 2019)
SJ 49 (Senator Deeds)

Directs the Joint Commission on Health Care to identify options to address rising premiums for health benefit plans sold in the Commonwealth.