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Western State Hospital

Hospital Director:
Dr Jack Barber

Street Address:
1301 Richmond Road
Staunton
VA, 24401

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2500
Staunton
VA, 24402-2500

Phone: (540) 332-8000
Voice TDD: (540) 332-8000
Fax: (540) 332-8144

Accredited by the Joint Commission
Accredited by The Joint
Commission

The Virginia Freedom of Information Act - Rights & Responsibilities

The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), located 2.2-3700 et. seq. of the Code of Virginia, guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees.

A public record is any writing or recording regardless of whether it is a paper record, an electronic file, an audio or video recording, or any other format that is prepared or owned by, or in the possession of a public body or its officers, employees or agents in the transaction of public business. All public records are presumed to be open, and may only be withheld if a specific, statutory exemption applies.

The policy of FOIA states that the purpose of FOIA is to promote an increased awareness by all persons of governmental activities. In furthering this policy, FOIA requires that the law be interpreted liberally, in favor of access, and that any exemption allowing public records to be withheld must be interpreted narrowly.

Your FOIA Rights
Making a Request for records from Western State Hospital
CONTACT INFORMATION: To request records from Western State Hospital:

Members of the Public: You may direct your request to Dr Jack Barber or by phone at 540-332-8200 or fax at 540-332-8197.

In addition, the Freedom of Information Advisory Council is available to answer any questions you may have about FOIA. The Council may be contacted by e-mail at foiacouncil@leg.state.va.us , or by phone at 804-225-3056 or [toll free] 1-866-448-4100.

Western State Hospital's Responsibilities in Responding to Your Request
Costs
Commonly used exemptions

The Code of Virginia allows any public body to withhold certain records from public disclosure. The Facility commonly withholds records subject to the following exemptions:


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