A Guide to the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Correspondence and Subject Files, 1998-2001 Health and Human Resources, Secretary of, Correspondence and Subject Files, 1998-2001 38940

A Guide to the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Correspondence and Subject Files, 1998-2001

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 38940


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Repository
Library of Virginia
Accession number
38940
Title
Correspondence and subject files, 1998-2001
Physical Characteristics
31 cubic feet
Creator
Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources
Physical Location
State Government Records Collection, Secretary of Health and Human Resources (Record Group 115)
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Correspondence and Subject Files, 1998-2001. Accession 38940, State Government Records Collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, 11 January 2002


Historical Information

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.

Scope and Content Information

This collection is comprised of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Claude A. Allen's, correspondence and subject files, 1998-2001, under Governor James S. Gilmore. Also included are the files of Louis F. Rossiter, Deputy Secretary, who 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. The correspondence contains letters and e-mail 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 correspondence. The appointment calendars were notebooks filled with calendar pages and invitations and the legislative files contain enrolled bill reviews.

Organization

The collection is arranged into four (4) series: Constituent Correspondence, 1998-2001, Agency Correspondence, 1998-2001, Appointment Calendars, 1998-2001 and Legislative Files, 1998-2001. Each series is described in the box and folder listing.


Contents List

Series I: Constituent correspondence, 1998-2001

Arranged numerically by Constituent ID number.

  • Box 1
    General correspondence, ID no. 121 through 22,883, 1998 Feb 3 through 1998 May 19
  • Box 2
    General correspondence, ID no. 23,861 through 32,094, 1998 May 20 through 1998 September 1
  • Box 3
    General correspondence, ID no. 32,118 through 38,694, 1998 September 2 through 1998 Dec 2
  • Box 4
    General correspondence, ID no. 48,732 through 53,997, 1998 December 3 through 1998 Feb 1
  • Box 5
    General correspondence, ID no. 54,001 through 67,987, 1998 February 1 through 1999 April 26
  • Box 6
    General correspondence, ID no. 68,001 through 81,989, 1999 April 26 through 1999 August 23
  • Box 7
    General correspondence, ID no. 82,036 through 89,970, 1999 August 24 through 1999 October 18
  • Box 8
    General correspondence, ID no. 90,094 through 96,988, 1999 October 19 through 1999 December 6
  • Box 9
    General correspondence, ID no. 97,013 through 105,968, 1999 December 6 through 2000 February 22
  • Box 10
    General correspondence, ID no. 106,019 through 203,990, 2000 February 22 through June 15
  • Box 11
    General correspondence, ID no. 204001 through 2018705, 2000 June 1 through September 12
  • Box 12
    General correspondence, ID no. 2019043 through 2041986, 2000 September 27 through 2001 Jan 31
  • Box 13
    General correspondence, ID no. 2042020 through 2067990, 2001 January 16 through 2001 May 22
  • Box 14
    General correspondence, ID no. 2068007 through 2080992, 2001 May 22 through 2001 September 26
  • Box 15
    General correspondence, ID no. 2081153 through 2085977, 2001 September 13 through November 26
Series II: Appointment Calendars, 1998-2001

Arranged chronologically by year.

  • Box 16
    1998
  • Box 17
    1999 January-1999 July
  • Box 18
    1999 August-1999 October
  • Box 19
    1999 November-2000 March
  • Box 20
    2000 April-2000 July
  • Box 21
    2000 July-2000 October
  • Box 22
    2000 November-2000 February
  • Box 23
    2001 March-2001 May
  • Box 24
    2001 June-2001 December
Series III: Agency correspondence, 1998-2001

Arranged by department or commission.

  • Box 25
    Folder 1
    Geller Report: Central State Hospital; Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, 1997 April 30; 1997 July 17
  • Box 25
    Folder 2
    Geller Report: Eastern State Hospital, 1996 June 17-1998 May 18
  • Box 25
    Folder 3
    Geller Report: Western State Hospital; Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute; Piedmont Geriatric Hospital; Catawba Hospital, 1997 June 17-1998 March 21
  • Box 25
    Folder 4
    Geller Report: Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute; Dejarnette Center; 1996 Settlement Agreement of Eastern State; Attorney General's Highlights of Geller Reports, 1998 April 21-1998 June 22
  • Box 25
    Folder 5
    Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services Master Plan, 1998
  • Box 25
    Folder 6
    Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services Supplemental Reports, 1998
  • Box 26
    Folder 1
    Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services Comprehensive Plans, 2000
  • Box 26
    Folder 2
    Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services Performance Outcome Measurement System, August 2000
  • Box 27
    Folder 1
    Phone logs, Claude A. Allen, 1998-1999
  • Box 27
    Folder 2
    Agency Head Retreat, June 5-6, 2000
  • Box 27
    Folder 3
    Office of the Secretary corresppondence, 1998-2001
Series IV: Legislative files, 1998-2001

Arranged chronologically by year.

  • Box 28
    Enrolled Bill Reviews, HB93-HB1413; SB14-SB712, 1998
  • Box 29
    Enrolled Bill Reviews, HB667-HB2751; SB1084-SB1327, 1999
  • Box 30
    Enrolled Bill Reviews, HB29-HB1552; SB25-SB778, 2000
  • Box 31
    Enrolled Bill Reviews, HB05-HB2864; SB10-SB1378; Office of the Secretary, 1998-2001