Administration of Prescription Medication in Home Child Care Facilities- 2011 Legislative Program
Initiate legislation to amend the Virginia Drug Control Act to clarify that family child care providers who are regulated/permitted through local ordinance in Northern Virginia may legally administer medication to children in their care, similar to the current authorization for state-licensed child care providers. The Virginia Drug Control Act was amended in 2006 to legalize the administration of prescription medications by state-licensed family child care providers who complete a training program and satisfy other criteria established in the law. However, it does not authorize locally-regulated/permitted family child care providers to administer prescription medications to children in their care, which potentially could place any County-permitted family child care provider who administers medications to children at risk of criminal prosecution under Virginia Code Title 18.2, Chapter 7, Article 1. Approximately 1800 family child care providers are permitted by Fairfax County. They care for thousands of children, some of whom may need prescription medication administered to them while they are in care, especially children with special needs.