Health Services Section

The Health Services Section provides advice and representation to the agencies within the Health and Human Resources Secretariat that deliver health care and disability-related services directly to Virginia citizens, or license and monitor the providers of these services. The section is composed of ten attorneys. Major agencies represented by this section include:

  • The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). DBDHS operates 15 state facilities, including ten facilities for the inpatient treatment of persons with mental illness, four training centers for persons with intellectual disabilities, and one behavioral treatment center for committed sexually violent predators. In addition, DBHDS oversees the delivery of mental health, intellectual disability, and substance abuse services provided by the 40 community services boards and licenses over 1500 private providers of these services.
  • The Virginia Department of Health (VDH). VDH is responsible for, among other things, emergency preparedness and bio-terrorism response, including the response to threats such as H1N1, Ebola, and measles; the licensure of all hospitals, nursing homes, and home health agencies; issuance of certificates of public need to establish new health care services; issuance of certificates of quality for managed health care plans; certification and coordination of emergency medical services; epidemiology disease surveillance and investigations; vital records; the chief medical examiner system; and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program.
  • The Department of Health Professions (DHP). DHP provides the management and support services for 14 health regulatory boards that license health care practitioners in the Commonwealth, including the Boards of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Optometry, and Funeral Directors and Embalmers. DHP also operates the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and the Health Practitioners' Monitoring Program.
  • The Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). DARS is the state agency responsible for, among other things, implementing § 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act. It also operates Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center that assists persons with disabilities in adapting and adjusting to their disabilities and finding employment. This Section represents the agency with respect to vocational rehabilitation and aging issues.
In addition, this section provides advice to the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI), the Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DDHH), the Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority (ATLFA), and the Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD).

Allyson K. Tysinger

Section Chief

Health Services Section

Office of the Attorney General
202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, VA 23219