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Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Regulations to Govern Temporary Leave from State Mental Health and Mental Retardation Facilities [12 VAC 35 ‑ 210]
Amend Regulations Following Periodic Review
General Information
Action Summary Chapter 210 provides guidance including definitions, policy, and documentation expectations related to temporary leave from mental health hospitals and training centers operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (“DBHDS,” or “department”). Collectively, these hospitals and training centers are referred to as “state facilities.” As long as the department operates state facilities, this regulation is needed to ensure the safety of the individuals on leave. This action is the result of a periodic review. The proposed amendments are not substantive and merely update language to mirror language in the Code of Virginia or in 12VAC35-115, Regulations to Assure the Rights of Individuals Receiving Services from Providers Licensed, Funded, or Operated by the Department Of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (“Human Rights Regulations”).
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  [005202]
Result of Periodic Review Dated 7/19/2017
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
8265 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 2/21/2019.
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 chapter.