Agencies | Governor
Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Peer Recovery Specialists [under development] [12 VAC 35 ‑ 250]
New regulation of peer recovery specialists.
General Information
Action Summary This regulation provides administrative structure for DBHDS qualifications, education, and experience for peer recovery specialists to ensure that individuals providing peer recovery services in Virginia’s public system of behavioral health services demonstrate a baseline of practical knowledge. The availability of peer recovery specialist services is expected to expand through the Virginia Medicaid Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS) new substance use disorder (SUD) benefit. Under the ARTS benefit, peer support services will be made available to Medicaid members effective on July 1, 2017. Peer support resources will be an integral component of community integration, wellness, resiliency, and recovery.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Exempt from APA No, this action is subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
RIS Project Yes  [004808]
Associated Mandates
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7902 Emergency/NOIRA Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 5/12/2017 and expires on 11/11/2018.
7987 Proposed Secretary of Health and Human Resources review in progress.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Ruth Anne Walker  / Regulatory Coordinator
Address: Jefferson Bldg.
1220 Bank St., 11th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)225-2252    FAX: (804)786-8623    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.