MAY 4, 2015 — LETTER FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA (DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIOR HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES).
To download the letter in PDF (Click: Eugenics Sterilization Program 5 4 15)
Thank you for your interest in the Commonwealth’s Compensation for Victims of Eugenics Sterilization Program.
This program was enacted by the 2015 Virginia General Assembly in the Budget Bill (Chapter 665 of the Acts of Assembly) and will become law on July 1, 2015. The Budget Bill is the legislation that gives this agency the authority to pay claims and also establishes requirements for how we must proceed. DBHDS has been actively working to develop the plans that will allow us to process claims for the victims of sterilization at the earliest possible date permitted by the Budget Bill.
One of those requirements is that, before any applications for claims can be accepted and processed, the department must establish emergency regulations to implement the provisions of the Budget Bill. The process by which emergency regulations are approved involves multiple agencies and takes time. However, the regulatory process may not begin before July 1, 2015, when the law takes effect, and then approval of the regulations may take up to 280 days to be finalized.
Our current timeline is focused on drafting the regulations and having them ready for consideration and approval by the State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services at its meeting in July. As soon as the State Board approves the regulations they will be sent for executive branch review. For more information about the process for adopting emergency regulations, please visit the Town Hall website at http://townhall.virginia.gov/UM/chartemergencypublic.pdf (this link has blank
space at the top, please scroll down to view emergency regulation information).
You may also wish to register as a user of the Town Hall, which is the site where you can receive updates on this and any other regulations. The address for that page is
http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/Register.cfm. Furthermore, we will soon have a web page on the DBHDS website that will update all interested parties about the compensation program.
Should you have any questions about the fund and its claims, please contact Tonya Carr at 804-894-0928 or Carrie Gorsuch at 804-663-7284.
Debra Ferguson, Ph.D.
If you (or someone you know and was alive as of February 1, 2015) have been sterilized under Virginia’s eugenical sterilization program, please contact Tonya Carr at 804-894-
0928 or Carrie Gorsuch at 804-663-7284 with the Virginia Department of Behavior Health and Developmental Services. You can also contact the Christian Law Institute at 800-643-7497.