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§ 8725. System of care plan
(a) Every three years, the Department shall adopt a plan for the nature, extent, allocation, and timing of services consistent with the principles of service set forth in section 8724 of this title that will be provided to people with developmental disabilities and their families. Each plan shall include the following categories, which shall be adopted by rule pursuant to 3 V.S.A. chapter 25:
(1) priorities for continuation of existing programs or development of new programs;
(2) criteria for receiving services or funding;
(3) type of services provided; and
(4) a process for evaluating and assessing the success of programs.
(b)(1) The Commissioner shall determine plan priorities based upon:
(A) information obtained from people with developmental disabilities, their families, guardians, and people who provide the services;
(B) a comprehensive needs assessment that includes:
(i) demographic information about people with developmental disabilities;
(ii) information about existing services used by individuals and their families;
(iii) characteristics of unserved and underserved individuals and populations; and
(iv) the reasons for these gaps in service, and the varying community needs and resources.
(2) Once the plan priorities are determined, the Commissioner shall consider funds available to the Department in allocating resources.
(c) No later than 60 days before adopting the proposed plan, the Commissioner shall submit it to the Advisory Board established in section 8733 of this title, for advice and recommendations, except that the Commissioner shall submit those categories within the plan subject to 3 V.S.A. chapter 25 to the Advisory Board at least 30 days prior to filing the proposed plan in accordance with the Vermont Administrative Procedure Act. The Advisory Board shall provide the Commissioner with written comments on the proposed plan. It may also submit public comments pursuant to 3 V.S.A. chapter 25.
(d) The Commissioner may make annual revisions to the plan as deemed necessary in accordance with the process set forth in this section. The Commissioner shall submit any proposed revisions to the Advisory Board established in section 8733 of this title for comment within the time frame established by subsection (c) of this section.
(e) Notwithstanding 2 V.S.A. § 20(d), on or before January 15 of each year, the Department shall report to the Governor and the committees of jurisdiction regarding implementation of the plan, the extent to which the principles of service set forth in section 8724 of this title are achieved, and whether people with a developmental disability have any unmet service needs, including the number of people on waiting lists for developmental services. (Added 1995, No. 174 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 2013, No. 140 (Adj. Sess.), § 1.)