RD150 - Item 314.M. – Report on the Preplanning Study for the Construction of a Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation II -- April 28, 2014

Executive Summary:
The existing Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation (VCBR) facility exceeded its initial design capacity of 300 residents (single-bedded) when the census reached 311 in August 2013. Double-bunking has increased the bed capacity to 450. If the Net New Resident Admissions Rate (new admissions less discharges) continues at the current rate of nearly four per month, the maximum capacity for residents will be reached in early to mid-2016.

Anticipating the need for additional facility space, the 2013 General Assembly authorized a study on options for such space. This report summarizes the results of the preplanning study and is submitted in accordance with Item 314.M. of the 2013 Appropriation Act, which states:

"Out of this appropriation, $250,000 the first year from the general fund is designated for the Department to preplan the construction/renovation of the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation II (VCBRII) facility on state-owned property in and around the current VCBR site. The project options shall include costs for any relocation of current services as well as re-purposing of current facilities. The Department shall report the options for this project to the Chairman of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by October 15, 2013. If an agreement on an option is reached by the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Chairman of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance committees, the Secretary of Finance is authorized to allocate up to $1,000,000 from the Central Capital Planning Fund established under § 2.2-1520, Code of Virginia for detailed planning of this project."

The preplanning study identifies the project scope, cost estimate and methodology, and programmatic needs.