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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 not exempt from Article II of the APA and executive branch review.
RIS Project Yes  [004808]
Associated Mandates
Note This action is not intended to satisfy the requirement that an entire regulation be reviewed every 4 years.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7902 Emergency/NOIRA Stage complete. Emergency regulation was set to expire on 11/11/2018 and was extended until 5/10/2019.
7987 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 9/21/2018.
8432 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 3/6/2019.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Ruth Anne Walker  / Director of Regulatory Affairs
Address: Jefferson Bldg.
1220 Bank St., 11th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)225-2252    FAX: (804)786-8623    TDD: (804)371-8977

This person is the primary contact for this board.