DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS 6606 W. Broad Street 4th Floor It has truly been an honor to serve on the Board of Funeral Directors and Richmond, VA 23230-Embalmers for the Commonwealth of Virginia. It has also been an honor to 1717 804/662-9907 serve with the other board members that hold true the same values and share the same passion for the funeral profession and consumers that each of us Robert Nebiker, DHP Director are so privileged to serve. Along with that honor, we have the huge responsibility of regulation. This is a responsibility that each of us takes very BOARD MEMBERS seriously. 2002-2003 Paul C. Whitten, FSL As you will read below, in the Spring of this year, Governor Warner signed into President law the Continuing Education legislation. I appreciate the efforts of all that Bobby L. Gardner, Sr., supported this legislation, as I believe this will prove to be beneficial to both FSL Vice-President our licensees and to the consumer. The work for our board however is just J. Michael Williams, FSL beginning. This year we will create the regulations that will determine how we Secretary-Treasurer will move forward with continuing education in Virginia. We will hold three Charles M. Bristow, Jr., public hearings this year around the state to provide an opportunity for as FSL many of you as possible to have a voice in this process. We encourage your Robert “Bob” Oman, FSL support and opinions with this most important task. Pratt Stelly Citizen Member I must also take this opportunity to thank our board staff for their dedication Alane C. Miles and commitment to the profession. Our staff is a valuable resource to all Citizen Member funeral service providers. I urge you to feel free to reach out to them for Jack Miller, FSL support should you ever have a question about the laws and regulations that govern our profession. Joseph Jenkins, Jr., FSL Thank you for your commitment and support and I look forward to the STAFF upcoming year of service to both our profession and the Commonwealth of Elizabeth Young, Executive Director Virginia. Annie B. Artis, Operations Manager Paul C. Whitten President Vickie Hutson-McCloud Administrative Assistant Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers
CONTINUING EDUCATION COMES TO VIRGINIA
On July 1, 2002, a continuing education law became effective for funeral providers,
funeral directors, and funeral embalmers. The 2002 Virginia General Assembly
passed House Bill 837, which grants the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers
the authority to create continuing education regulations for its licensees. The law
provides that the Board shall not mandate more than five hours per renewal period
directly related to the respective license and scope of practice of funeral service.
The law also prohibits continuing education courses for which the purpose is to
promote, sell, or offer goods; products or services are not acceptable for the
fulfillment of the continuing education requirements. The law grants the Board the
authority to grant exemptions or waivers in cases of illness or undue hardship.
Lastly, the law provides for the creation of an inactive status for licensees who do not
practice in Virginia. The Board adopted proposed regulations at its June 4, 2002 and
again at its September 10, 2002 meetings and the regulations will be published in the
next six months. Public hearings to receive comment regarding the proposed
regulations will be held in the late-fall of 2002. All licensees will be notified of the
BOARD INSPECTS ALL CREMATORIES REGISTERED IN VIRGINIA
In March of 2002, the Department of Health Professions inspected all 54 crematories
registered within the state. The inspections were done due to the public questioning
of events in Georgia and the issue of public safety for the residents of the
Commonwealth. The Department found no major irregularities and many crematories
provided positive response during the inspection process. The Board instated the three-year inspection cycle for the crematories beginning this year. If a crematory
serves as a branch of a funeral service establishment, both facilities will be inspected
on the day of inspection and vice-versa. Based on the survey results, the Board will not promulgate new regulations for crematories at this time.
From November 8-10, the Department of Health Professions will relocate to new
offices at 6603 West Broad Street. The telephone numbers for the Department and the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers will remain the same.
Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Would you like a fast and convenient way to follow what the Board of Funeral
Directors and Embalmers is doing on regulations? If so, check out the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall at www.townhall.state.va.us. As a registered user of the Town Hall, you can receive e-mail notification about the regulatory actions and meetings of
The Town Hall offers a gold mine of information and interactive features relating to
state regulations. It is also a free service of the Commonwealth of Virginia, available
3 “ASK YOUR FUNERAL BOARD”
1. A funeral service licensee receives a call to pick up a body from a nursing home. The nursing home stated that the family requested
that specific funeral home to provide funeral services. The body is transported to the funeral home. The funeral home has not
spoken to the next of kin to obtain permission to embalmer the body. Without the next of kin’s permission, the funeral service
licensee proceeds to embalm the body. May the funeral service licensee and his funeral home charge the family for the cost of
Answer: Maybe. According to 18 VAC 65-20-510 of the general regulations governing funeral practice, a licensee who proceeds with an embalming without prior approval from a family member or other person shall document in writing the reasons for the proceeding, the efforts made to contact the family or authorized person and the licensee authorizing the embalming. Subsequently, approval for
the embalming shall be obtained from a family member or other authorized person. The regulation implies that the next of kin shall
authorize the procedure of embalming, in writing or orally. If the next of kin fails to authorize the embalming of the body and does not want the procedure completed, the funeral service licensee may not have the authority to charge the next of kin. It is considered a legitimate charge if the next of kin agrees to the embalming of the body.
2. A funeral service licensee receives a death call in the middle of the night from a family. The family authorizes the funeral home to
embalm the body prior to discussion of funeral goods and services. The funeral home embalms the body. The next day the family
decides to use a neighboring funeral home. The family owes you the fee for embalming, but refuses to pay. May a funeral home
withhold the body from the family for non-payment of services?
Answer: No, the law prohibits a funeral service licensee from holding a body from the next of kin for non-payment of services. 54.1-2806 (14) of Code of Virginia provides that, the Board may refuse to admit a candidate to any examination, refuse to issue a license to any
applicant and may suspend a license for a stated period or indefinitely, or revoke any license or censure or reprimand any licensee or place him on probation for such time as it may designate for any of the following causes: Refusing to surrender promptly the
custody of a dead human body upon the express order of the person lawfully entitled to custody.
3. A resident trainee has completed his apprenticeship, completed mortuary school and passed the national examination. He continues
to work in the funeral home as he waits to take the state examination. What tasks may he perform?
Answer: Recently the Board requested an interpretation of 54.1-2817 of the Code of Virginia from its legal counsel. The section of the Code states, The successful completion by any person of the resident traineeship shall not entitle him to any privilege except to be
examined for such license. Counsel advised the Board that once the requirements for the traineeship have been completed, a trainee is then entitled to be examined for licensure, but he or she cannot continue to engage in the practice of funeral services beyond completion of the traineeship.
4. A preneed buyer wishes to ensure that his friend make his final funeral arrangements at the time of his death. She also has one
child. At the time of her death, does the friend of the deceased man have the authority to fulfill his wishes in the preneed contract?
Answer: A purchaser of the contract or preneed buyer may appoint an individual to make his preneed arrangements. The funeral service
licensee may provide an agreement, which grants the friend of the purchase (or appointee) the authority to make the preneed funeral arrangements for the contract purchase. 18 VAC 65-30-220 (VII) of the regulations governing preneed laws prescribes the form of the
appointee agreement, which allows the contract purchaser to select a person to make the preneed arrangements. In making the final arrangement (at need), the rights of the next of kin supercede the wishes as outlined in the preneed contact. If a person wishes to ensure that
their original contract is fulfilled and wishes another person, besides the next of kin, to carry out the arrangement, he may wish to have a designee agreement prepared and executed. 54.1-2825 of the Code of Virginia states, any person may designate in a signed and
notarized writing, which has been accepted in writing by the person so designated, an individual which shall make arrangements for his burial or the disposition of this remains including cremation upon his death. If the preneed contract has a designee agreement
attached to the document, the designee agreement provides who makes the at need final arrangements of the contract purchaser or deceased.
FAMILY ACCESS TO MEDICAL INSURANCE SECURITY
Governor Warner has made enrolling children in a health insurance plan a top priority of his
administration. The Department of Medical Assistance Services, which administers the program is also
implementing several changes to improve the coordination between Medicaid and FAMIS programs,
including the adoption of single income level for Medicaid eligibility for children, the development of a
single child health insurance application form, and uniform verification procedures. In Virginia, a family of
four with a yearly income of $36,200 will qualify for FAMIS. Families with lower incomes may qualify for
Medicaid. If you know of any families that you believe may qualify for one of these programs, more information is available by calling the toll-free number, 1-866-873-2647, or by checking the website for the
UPCOMING BOARD MEETINGS FOR 2002
DATE TIME TYPE OF MEETING DETAILS LOCATION
th11/20/2002 9:00 a.m. Formal Hearing Formal Hearing 6606 W. Broad St., 5
Floor, Room #1 th12/03/2002 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting Discuss general Board 6603 W. Broad St., 5
business and issues. Floor, Room #1 th12/03/2002 1:00 p.m. Formal Hearings Formal Hearings 6603 W. Broad St., 5
Floor, Room #1 th12/17/2002 9:00 a.m. Special Conference Informal Hearings 6603 W. Broad St., 5
Committee Floor, Room #1 th01/28/2003 9:00 a.m. Special Conference Informal Hearings 6603 W. Broad St., 5
Committee Floor, Room #1 th02/25/2003 9:00 a.m. Special Conference Informal Hearings 6603 W. Broad St., 5
Committee Floor, Room #1 th03/04/2003 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting Discuss general Board 6603 W. Broad St., 5
business and issues. Floor, Room #1
To find out if a meeting has been cancelled or rescheduled, please call the Board’s office at
NEW BOARD MEMBERS 2002 EXAMINATION
November 27, 2002 Lynchburg In 2001, J. Michael Williams of Richmond, Virginia, was appointed
December 11, 2002 Richmond to the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. Mr.
January 8, 2003 Richmond Williams works for Joseph Bliley and Sons Funeral Home and has
February 12, 2003 Norfolk been a licensee for over 29 years. Mr. Williams replaces Charles
March 12, 2003 Lynchburg Reynolds, Jr., who ended his term. Michael brings with him a
April 9, 2003 Richmond wealth of experience in funeral service.
May 14, 2003 Richmond
June 11, 2003 Norfolk Marceita Glenn, Citizen Member ended her term June 30, 2002
July 9, 2003 Lynchburg with the appointment of Ms. Pratt Stelly. Ms. Stelly is the Human
August 13, 2003 Richmond Resources Director for the Department of Professional and
September 10, 2003 Norfolk Occupational Regulation.
October 8, 2003 Lynchburg
November 12, 2003 Richmond Governor Warner appointed Joseph Jenkins, Jr., of Richmond,
December 10, 2003 Norfolk Virginia, in 2002. He is the owner of Joseph Jenkins Jr. Funeral
Home. Mr. Jenkins replaces Mr. Charles Morehead who did not
NOTE: All applications and required
documentation must be received in On July 1, 2002, Alane Miles was appointed as Citizen member
the Board’s office not less than 45 and resides in Richmond, Virginia. She replaces Anne L. Hubble
days prior to a scheduled of Roanoke, Virginia.
The Board sincerely thanks Ms. Glenn, Mr. Morehead and Ms.
Hubble for their contributions to the Board.
DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS CONGRATULATIO 6 ? Nancy Barnett, FSL Findings: Served as manager of record and resided in another state and inspection deficiencies cited.
Sanctions: Surrendered right to renew license. Order Entered: June 4, 2002
? Fenton Bland, F.S.L.
Findings: Failed to provide Itemized statement of Funeral Goods and Services to client.
Sanctions: Continued generally upon one unannounced records audit. Order Entered: December 18, 2001
? Timothy Bradley, FSL The following funeral Findings: Allowed unlicensed employee to assist with embalming human remains. service applicants Sanctions: Reprimand and monetary penalty. passed their FSL Order Entered: April 29, 2002 Examination: ? Robert Brunson, F.S.L.
Findings: Failed to provide and maintain a general price list and itemized statement of funeral Anneka Bass Michael Bliley goods and services. Tom Boudinot Sanctions: Reprimand and monetary penalty. Timothy Briggs Order Entered: November 8, 2001 Jennifer Brooks Brian Burke Patrick Burton ? Henry Davis, F.S.L. Linda Douglas Findings: Engaged in unlicensed activity and represented himself as a funeral service licensee to Leslie Doyle the public. Danielle Fitchett Tina Fuerholzer Sanctions: Reprimand. Roberta Hodge Order Entered: October 5, 2001 Jason Johnson Valerie Jeffress ? Gilmore Funeral Home, Funeral Service Establishment Patricia Latimore Dean Marnell Findings: Unlicensed owner discussed at need arrangements and presented itemized statement Derek McAninch of goods and services. James McCarthy Sanctions: Reprimand, monetary penalty and two years probation with two unannounced Doris McClenny Whitney Meredith inspections. Nikia Newman Order Entered: May 15, 2002 MaryBeth Olexy John O’Dacre ? Bryan W. Gravely, F.S.L. Michael Post Charles Puckett Findings: Failed to ensure that resident trainee’s reports were submitted to the Board. Dana Rygas Sanctions: Reprimanded. Kienta Savoy Order Entered: October 5, 2001 Christoper Saxon Michelle Shepherd Scott Slaven ? E. Twyman Greene, F.S.L. Christopher Smith Findings: Offered preneed discounts. Michael Strickland Sanctions: Reprimand and monetary penalty. Amanda Thurmond Julie Trobaugh Order Entered: May 16, 2002 David Twiford Jeffrey Usher ? Deana Kelly, F.S.L. Kevin Whiting Meredity Whitney Findings: Practiced as a funeral service provider without a license. Mark Willey Sanctions: Reprimand and monetary penalty. Christine Williams Order Entered: June 13, 2002 ? Michael Kelly, F.S.L. Findings: Practiced as a funeral service provider without a license. Sanctions: Reprimand and monetary penalty. Order Entered: June 13, 2002
? Rosalind Knight, F.D.
Findings: Failed to respond to inspection deficiencies.
Sanctions: Reprimand and monetary penalty. Order Entered: April 23, 2002
? Knight Funeral Home, Inc., Funeral Service Establishment
Findings: Failed to respond to inspection deficiencies. Sanctions: Reprimand and monetary penalty. Order Entered: April 23, 2002
? Valanti Lambert, F.S.L. Findings: Failed to record a preneed deposit and submit it to the insurance application company. Sanctions: Reprimand and monetary penalty.
Order Entered: November 16, 2000
? Ronnell Pearson, F.S.L.
Findings: Failed to provide a general price list and failed to file a death certificate in a timely
Sanctions: Reprimand and monetary penalty.
Order Entered: November 8, 2001
? Perry G. Thomasson, F.S.L.
Findings: Notarized the forged signatures of clients on an insurance form and notary were
Sanctions: Required to take an ethics course, one-year probation, two unannounced inspections
and monetary penalty.
Order Entered: December 20, 2001
? Cynthia Taylor
? Findings: Failed to demonstrate that the time limitation of traineeship would be undue hardship and she improperly made funeral arrangements during expiration of registration. Sanctions: Denial of request to extend resident trainee program.
Order Entered: December 10, 2001
? George Turner, F.S.L.
Findings: Aided and abetted unlicensed practice and was convicted of assault and battery. Sanctions: Reprimand, monetary penalty and two years probation.
Order Entered: April 29, 2002
? Michael Winfree, F.S.L.
Findings: Continued to practice funeral service after the expiration of the establishment license
and failed to respond to inspection deficiency notice of compliance.
Sanction: Summary Suspension.
Order Entered: March 18, 2002
Formal Hearing to Request Reinstate of License
Sanction: Continued on suspension upon successful completion of jurisprudence examination. Order Entered: May 9, 2002
? Winfree-Wright Funeral Service Inc., Funeral Service Establishment Findings: Continued to operate after expiration of establishment license and non-compliant inspection deficiencies, and failure to correct defiencies from December 12, 2000 inspection. Sanction: Reinstatement of establishment permit upon satisfactory inspection and payment of
monetary penalty. One unannounced inspection.
Order Entered: May 9, 2002
PERFECT ESTABLISHMENT INSPECTIONS The Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers congratulates the managers and staff of the following
establishments on a perfect inspection:
Bennett Funeral Home (Mechanicsville) Feggins Funeral Home William N. Bland and Sons Funeral Home Inc. J.T. Morris & Sons, Inc. Joseph W. Bliley Funeral Home (Augusta) Morrissett Funeral Home Bolling, Grose, Lotts Funeral Home John M Oakey Funeral Home (Downtown) Browning Funeral Home Obaugh Funeral Home Inc. Capitol Funeral Service Williams Funeral Home (Lawrenceville) Dignity Funeral Home, t/a Memorial Cremations
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