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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
A personal interview is required of all applicants for
committee membership and final decisions regarding appointments are made by the
State Human Rights Committee.