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The first, House Bill 9, (1) abolishes the Department for the Rights of Virginians with Disabilities (DRVD) and replaces it with an independent agency, the Virginia Office of Protection and Advocacy (VOPA).
(4) It will become, effective upon completion of a required federal re-designation process (5) and once complete, the newly-created Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy (VOPA) will replace the Department for Rights of Virginians with Disabilities (DRVD) as the agency designated to protect and advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities.
These advocates for an independent P & A agency argued that having the Department for Rights of Virginians with Disabilities (DRVD) accountable to the same person that oversees the agencies providing services to persons with disabilities was a conflict of interest and led to poor human rights protections for Virginia's citizens with disabilities.
(11) Instead, DRVD oversight was transferred from the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to the Secretary of Administration.
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