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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 5 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 5


(By Delegates Mahan, Fleischauer, Brown, Eldridge, Ennis, Ashley, Rowan and Schadler)


(Introduced February 17, 2009.)



Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study, safety issues surrounding the delivery of services that occur during home visits conducted by employees and contractors of the Department of Health and Human Resources in the state of West Virginia.

Whereas, delivery of in-home services by employees and contractors of the Department of Health and Human Resources is vital in many instances to the preservation of family units to develop a safe and secure home environment for children and their families; and
Whereas, the persons who provide home visits are dedicated and caring individuals that strive to ensure that families in need receive high quality care to empower these families to become well balanced and cohesive; and
Whereas, in many instances in the performance of the duties necessary for a home visit, these individuals put their own personal safety at risk; and
Whereas, on July 30, 2008, Brenda Yeager a contract employee of the Department of Health and Human Resources, made such a home visit and was brutally attacked and murdered raising the awareness of the need to provide more effective personal safety of individuals involved in this type of work; and
Whereas, safety concerns for employees and contractors of the Department of Health and Human Resources should be studied to gain a full understanding of the scope of these home visits, and to identify safety issues and develop possible solutions; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the issue of the safety of individuals, both those who are employees of the State and those under contract to the State, who provide home visits to families in West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance, seek input from the Department of Health and Human Resources and from private agency providers on safety concerns and considerations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the Legislature, on the first day of the regular session, two thousand ten, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations together with drafts of any legislation to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.


This resolution was recommenced for
introduction and passage by Select Committee A - Committee on Children, Juveniles and Other Issues.
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