The Resource Correspondence and subject files of the Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources

Correspondence and subject files of the Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources

Label
Correspondence and subject files of the Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources, 1972-2006
Title
Correspondence and subject files of the Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources
Inclusive dates
1972-2006
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • These records consist of the incoming and outgoing correspondence of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources with the Governor's Office, state agencies, localities, other secretariats, and the private sector. The correspondence is related to various health and social issues which affect the citizens of the Commonwealth
  • Accession 38940, dating from 1998 to 2001, consists of letters and email from constituents along with people summaries and responses. Subjects covered include child support, state mental hospitals, nursing homes, domestic violence, Virginia Earned Income Tax Credit and many others. The agency correspondence includes the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, the Geller Report, agency reports, strategic plans, and Office of the Secretary correspondece. The collection is organized into four series: Constituent Correspondence, Agency Correspondence, Appointment Calendars and Legislative Files. Each series is described in the finding aid
  • Accession 42401, 1997-2006 [bulk 2002-2005] consists of the records of the term of Jane H. Woods as the Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources from 2002 until 2006, as part of the Mark R. Warner administration. The collection is arranged into nine series: I: Briefing Books; II. Constituent Correspondence; III. Correspondence; IV. Correspondence with State Agencies; V. Legislative Files; VI. Legislative Studies; VII. Special Assistant Files; VIII. Special Projects; and IX. Media. The series are loosely based on the original arrangement when transferred. Each series is described in the finding aid
Note
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources. (Search Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources as author)
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Biographical or historical data
  • The secretariat responsible for human services, health and welfare has gone through several reorganizations. In 1972, the General Assembly passed an act establishing the Secretary of Human Affairs. This office was responsible for management and direction of health and human services provided by the state for the citizens of the commonwealth. In 1976, the secretariat's name changed to the Secretary of Human Resources. With reorganization of state government, the secretariat's name changed again to the Secretary of Health and Human Resources in 1988. The secretary has authority over the following agencies or councils: Dept. for the Rights of Virginians with Disabilities; Dept. for the Aging; State Dept. of Health; Dept. of Health Professionals; Dept. of Medical Assistance Services; Virginia Health Services Cost Review Council; Dept. of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services; Dept. of Rehabilitation Services; Dept. of Social Services; Governors Employment and Training Dept.; Dept. for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Virginia Council on Child Care & Early Childhood Programs. The Secretary also serves on several advisory councils, committees, boards, and interstate compacts.
  • As Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1998-2002, Claude A. Allen led 13 agencies and 15,000 employees. He led Governor Gilmore's initiative for Virginia's new Patients Bill of Rights passed in 1999, allowing patient appeals for adverse coverage decisions made by health plans, and direct access to physician specialists. Allen also spearheaded Virginia's welfare reform initiative and provided leadership to overhaul the state's mental health institutions and community services. Additionally, he was responsible for implementing the Governor's private health insurance program for children and families, offering lower-cost coverage options to thousands of uninsured Virginians. Louis F. Rossiter, Deputy Secretary for Operations, became Secretary after Allen was confirmed by the Senate as the Deputy Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services on May 26, 2001. Rossiter had been on the faculty in the Department of Health Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University for 18 years.
  • Under Governor Gilmore, Jeffrey L. Geller, M.D., M.P.H., was an expert witness for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is an national expert on state psychiatric facilities, community hospitals, and the community service needs of the severly and persistently mentally ill. He is currently a member of the faculty at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has an extensive background in publicly funded mental health services and is considered to be an expert in understanding the treatment requirements implied by the Constitutional Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act. Dr. Geller's consultation to the Department involved extensive patient and staff interviews and examination of the state's mental health facilities from 1997 to 1998.
Cataloging source
VIC
Citation source
Salmon, John S., comp. A Guide to State Records in the Archives Branch of the Virginia State Library and Archives
Label
Correspondence and subject files of the Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources
Link
Note
  • These records are part of the Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources record group (RG #115)
  • Unprocessed except for accessions 38940 and 42401
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Finding aid for acc. no. 38940 (1998-2001)
  • Finding aid for accession number 42401 (2002-2006)
Extent
326.1
Immediate source of acquisition
Hoehlein, Sylvia, Records Manager
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
000492046
Type of unit
cu. ft.

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