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                                                             Local Human Rights Committee (LHRC)
The Local Human Rights Committee (LHRC) is a group of five to seven members who represent a broad scope of various community, professional and consumer groups with an interest in Mental Health, Developmental Services or Substance Abuse issues. The family members and consumers are an integral part of the committee’s composition and it is the goal of each committee to obtain objectivity through balanced diversity. Appointed by the State Human Rights Committee for terms of one to three years, the members are unpaid volunteers who perform certain oversight functions regarding facility and community programs and practices. The committee also hears complaints that cannot be resolved at the facility level. The LHRC normally meets on the second Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September, and November. The time is 5:30pm . The location of the meeting will vary therefore please call 434-773-4315 for further information and directions.

The Role of the Local Human Rights Committee 

Conducting fact- finding hearings and making recommendations for resolution of complaints not resolved informally. 

Review and make recommendations concerning policies procedures, practices, treatment plans, and restrictive  programming. 

Review and make recommendations concerning requests for variance to the Human Rights Regulations. 

Perform other oversight functions as prescribed in the Human Rights Regulations

The SVMHI LHRC is always interested in hearing from individuals who have an interest in serving as members. If you would like to find out more information about the LHRC or for inquiries regarding committee membership, contact Jennifer Kovack , Human Rights Advocate Senior at 434-773-4315 or  jennifer.kovack@dbhds.virginia.gov 
A personal interview is required of all applicants for committee membership and final decisions regarding appointments are made by the State Human Rights Committee.