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Human Rights



The Office of Human Rights assists the Department in fulfilling its Legislative mandate under 37.1-84.1 of the code of Virginia to assure and protect the legal and human rights of individuals receiving services in facilities or programs operated, licensed or funded by the Department.

The mission of the office of Human Rights is to monitor compliance with the human rights regulations by promoting the basic precepts of human dignity, advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities in our service delivery systems, and managing the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services Human Rights dispute resolution program.

The office of Human Rights is located within the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services and is supervised by the State Human Rights Director. The State Human Rights Director oversees statewide human rights activities and provides guidance and direction to human rights staff.

Human Rights Adovcate

Advocates represent consumers whose rights are alleged to have been violated and perform other duties for the purpose of preventing rights violations. Each state facility has at least one advocate assigned, with regional advocates located throughout the State who provide a similar function for consumers in community programs. Advocates duties include but are not limited to investigating complaints, examining conditions that impact consumer rights and monitoring compliance with the human rights regulations.

For a completed list of your rights contact the Human Rights Advocate for NVMHI at 703-207-7217 or The Regional Human Rights Advocate for Northern Virginia at 703 323-2098.

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