The first bill prefiled for the 2022 Virginia Legislative Session could secure up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave, benefitting caregivers across the commonwealth.      Senate bill 1, which Sen. Jennifer B. Boysko (D – Herndon) introduced on Monday, would require the Virginia Employment Commission to helm the benefit program. House … Read more

Eight policy solutions, aimed at addressing nursing home staff shortages and improving quality of care, received a final assessment from the Virginia Joint Commission on Health Care (JCHC)’s nursing facility workforce work group last week. The workgroup voted on whether or not to recommend each policy to the full JCHC for a formal vote on … Read more

Increased reimbursement for maternal health providers, community-based services, and disaggregated data were key themes among Virginia maternal health advocates at the Joint Commission on Health Care meeting last week. Policy makers heard testimonies from three agencies to better inform their priorities for the upcoming 2022 legislative session.      Carol Sakala, PhD, director for maternal … Read more

Jennifer Faison is the executive director of the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards (VACSB) which oversees 39 CSBs across the Commonwealth and the Behavioral Health Authority. Faison has advocated for Virginia’s behavioral health workforce — not just at state hospitals but the services embedded in the community as well, especially as the pandemic continues … Read more