Local Human Rights Committee
Local Human Rights Committee Quarterly Meetings
4th Wednesday in January, April, July, October
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Aspen Conference Room, 906 Trailview Boulevard, Leesburg, VA 20175.
Meetings also are posted on the Loudoun County Government Master Calendar. Please check the calendar to confirm meeting date and location.
Please note that the meeting scheduled for January 27, 2016, will be held on February 3rd, 2016.
Requirements of local human rights committee members:
- Annual participation in human rights training that is provided by the department.
- Regular meeting attendance. All Local Human Rights Committees meet at least quarterly; some meet monthly and it is essential that a quorum be present.
- Strict observance of client confidentiality.
- Willingness to work within the parameters of the department's human rights process in order to resolve complaints and to facilitate improvements and/or changes in the system.
Meeting minutes are posted online.
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It is important that membership of Local Human Rights Committees broadly represent professionals, consumer groups and other interested persons in order to maintain objectivity and a balanced diversity. Therefore, in appointing members to Local Human Rights Committees, the State Human Rights Committee takes into consideration the composition of each Local Human Rights Committee. For this reason, nominees who are well qualified may not be appointed, simply because of the existing makeup of the committee. We strongly encourage individuals who are not appointed to consider serving on another Local Human Rights Committee or to apply for appointment at another time.
The Local Human Rights Committee plays a vital role in the Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Developmental Services' Human Rights Program (and other providers in Loudoun County who receive state funds to administer services) by assisting the facilities and programs to which they are assigned in assuring the protection of the human rights of their clients.
Facilities and programs are guided by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services' "Rules and Regulations to Assure the Rights of Individuals Receiving Services From Providers of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services."
Providers are required to provide services that are responsive to the unique needs of individual clients and which maximize opportunities for self-determination. These goals must frequently be reconciled with the need to protect the rights of others and the need to minimize the economic burden of service provision on the Commonwealth. Local Human Rights Committees are often called upon to assist in this reconciliation.
- Conducting fact finding hearings and makes recommendations for resolution of complaints not resolved informally
- Reviewing and makes recommendations concerning program requests for variances to the Human Rights Regulations
- Reviewing program policies, procedures and practices relating to client rights, and make recommendations for change
- Performing other oversight functions as specified in the Local Human Rights Committee' bylaws