Health Services Section

The Health Services Section provides advice and representation to the agencies within the Health and Human Resources Secretariat that deliver health care and disability-related services directly to Virginia citizens, or license and monitor the providers of these services. The section is composed of ten attorneys. Major agencies represented by this section include:

  • The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). DBDHS operates 15 state facilities, including ten facilities for the inpatient treatment of persons with mental illness, four training centers for persons with intellectual disabilities, and one behavioral treatment center for committed sexually violent predators. In addition, DBHDS oversees the delivery of mental health, intellectual disability, and substance abuse services provided by the 40 community services boards and licenses over 1500 private providers of these services.
  • The Virginia Department of Health (VDH). VDH is responsible for, among other things, emergency preparedness and bio-terrorism response, including the response to threats such as H1N1, Ebola, and measles; the licensure of all hospitals, nursing homes, and home health agencies; issuance of certificates of public need to establish new health care services; issuance of certificates of quality for managed health care plans; certification and coordination of emergency medical services; epidemiology disease surveillance and investigations; vital records; the chief medical examiner system; and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program.
  • The Department of Health Professions (DHP). DHP provides the management and support services for 14 health regulatory boards that license health care practitioners in the Commonwealth, including the Boards of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Optometry, and Funeral Directors and Embalmers. DHP also operates the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and the Health Practitioners' Monitoring Program.
  • The Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). DARS is the state agency responsible for, among other things, implementing § 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act. It also operates Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center that assists persons with disabilities in adapting and adjusting to their disabilities and finding employment. This Section represents the agency with respect to vocational rehabilitation and aging issues.
In addition, this section provides advice to the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI), the Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DDHH), the Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority (ATLFA), and the Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD).

Allyson K. Tysinger

Section Chief

Health Services Section

Office of the Attorney General
202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, VA 23219


 

 

Legislative & Constituent Affairs

Attorney General Mark Herring values the input of the public and strives to provide exceptional constituent services. He and his office work to answer questions or concerns from the public in a thorough and timely manner. Constituent Services also assists Virginia residents in resolving issues involving state agencies.

To submit a question, comment, or concern to Attorney General Herring, please click here.

Please be advised that this office functions as the law firm for the Commonwealth, serving client agencies, boards and commissions in Virginia state government. Due to statutory restrictions, conflict of interest rules and other policy considerations, we are unable to render private legal advice, answer legal questions or otherwise assist private citizens in legal matters.

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Attorney General Herring also maintains an active role in the legislative process, assisting the legislature with legal questions and advancing his own legislative priorities. His director of Legislative Affairs serves as the primary liaison to the General Assembly. The director advocates on behalf of Attorney General Herring's top legislative priorities and provides information on the Attorney General’s office and programs to the Legislature and legislative committee staff.

 

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Bio

Brittany Anderson is the Director of Legislative and Constituent Affairs for the Office of the Attorney General. In her current role, Ms. Anderson is responsible for development and implementation of the Attorney General's policy objectives and for linking Virginia citizens with resources within and outside of the Office. Ms. Anderson is a veteran staffer for legislators in both the Virginia House of Delegates and Virginia Senate. In addition to her work in state government, Ms. Anderson has diverse experience ranging from delivering aid in developing countries to marketing for multi-national retail companies. Ms. Anderson is a native of Bedford County, Virginia and a proud graduate of Central Virginia Community College, Virginia Tech, and the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.

 

 

 

Brittany A. Anderson

Director of Legislative & Constituent Affairs

Office of the Attorney General
202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, VA 23219

 


 

Opinions Counsel

Both by law and by inherent power, the Attorney General and his office render written legal opinions when requested by authorized government officials and when the request involves legal questions that are within the proper purview of the office. Persons who may request opinions are the Governor, a member of the General Assembly, a judge, the State Corporation Commission, a Commonwealth's Attorney, a local government attorney, a clerk of a court of record, a sheriff, a treasurer, a commissioner of the revenue, a chairman or secretary of an electoral board, and the head of a state agency.

An opinion may be an official advisory opinion, which is signed by the Attorney General, represents his official view, and is published. It may also be an informal opinion, which is signed by some attorney other than the Attorney General, does not necessarily represent the official view of the Attorney General, and is not published. In addition, the Virginia State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act provides that a state official may request an opinion about whether particular facts would place the official in violation of the Act.

Those opinions which are public records are posted on the Attorney General's website and are also available through several commercial legal research systems.

While not legally binding, opinions of the Attorney General are frequently relied on by courts and members of the General Assembly, in addition to the officials to whom they are addressed.

 

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Bio

As Opinions Counsel, G. Timothy Oksman is responsible for coordinating the preparation of legal opinions issued by the office. He is a graduate of Hobart College, New York University, and the University of Virginia School of Law. He came to Virginia after returning from Vietnam, where he served with the 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat) in III Corps and IV Corps as a reporter and photographer.

Most of his career has been in public service, including working under Prof. Antonin Scalia in the Virginia Appellate Justice Project, as Assistant Henrico County Attorney under legendary County Manager E. A. Beck, as Richmond City Attorney (Mayors Geline Williams and Walter Kenney), and as Portsmouth City Attorney (Mayors Gloria Webb, James W. Holley, III, and Bernard L. Griffin, Jr.). While in local government, he participated in numerous projects to improve the quality of life for citizens in his communities, including the creation of Meadow Farm Park (Henrico); restoration and redevelopment of Richmond's historic canals and developing the Blackwell financial services center (Richmond); and the APM Marine Terminal, the Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center, and nTelos Pavilion Performing Arts Center (Portsmouth).

He has been involved extensively in historic preservation, is a founding member and past President of Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, and is a member of the Virginia Maritime Association and Sons of Union Veterans (Admiral John L. Worden Camp).

He and his wife Pam have two grown children: Carly, an Old Dominion University graduate, and Delaney, a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

 

 

G. Timothy Oksman

Opinions Counsel

Office of the Attorney General
202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, VA 23219