Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Child Protective Services [22 VAC 40 ‑ 705]
Amend CPS Regulation to Implement 2017 and 2018 Legislation
General Information
Action Summary The goal of this regulatory action is to amend 22VAC40-705, Child Protective Services (CPS), to ensure it complies with 2017 and 2018 legislative changes and applicable federal law. The action will address changes in the Code of Virginia, comments from any workgroup convened to review the regulation and comments received during the public comment period for this NOIRA. The agency plans to amend provisions regarding substance exposed infants, in accordance with Chapters 176 and 428 of the 2017 Acts of Assembly (House Bill 1786 and Senate Bill 1086). Provisions related to active duty members of the United State Armed Forces will be amended in accordance with Chapters 88 and 142 of the 2017 Acts of Assembly (House Bill 2279 and Senate Bill 2279). A new provision will be proposed for a 24-hour CPS response to reports alleging abuse or neglect of a child under the age of two, based on Chapter 604 of the 2017 Acts of Assembly (Senate Bill 868). In addition, changes may be considered in response to recommendations made by a workgroup examining barriers to treatment for substance-exposed infants, which was established in Chapter 197 of the 2017 Acts of Assembly (House Bill 2162).
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [005314]
Associated Mandates
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8027 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 12/13/2017.
8200 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 12/27/2019.
8929 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 05/12/2021.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Nicole Shipp 
Address: 801 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23229
Email Address:
Phone: (804)726-7574    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-