Agencies | Governor
Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Certification of Substance Abuse Counselors [18 VAC 115 ‑ 30]
Updating and clarifying regulations
General Information
Action Summary The Board intends to amend regulations for certified substance abuse counselors (CSAC) and counseling assistants to clarify portions that have confused applicants, add more specific requirements for supervised practice to better ensure accountability and quality in the experience, add time limits for completion of experience to avoid perpetual supervisees who may continue to practice without passage of an examination and completion of certification, add requirements for continuing education as a requisite for renewal to ensure on-going competency to practice, and place additional standards of practice in regulation to address issues the Board has seen in complaints and disciplinary proceedings and for consistency with other professions in behavioral health.
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  [004945]
Note This action is 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
7732 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 2/22/2017.
8021 Proposed Comment period is underway and will end on 12/28/2018.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jaime Hoyle  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4406    FAX: (804)527-4435    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.