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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Regulations for Children's Residential Facilities [12 VAC 35 ‑ 46]
Amendments to align with ASAM criteria in children's residential facilities
General Information
Action Summary The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBDHS) was directed by the 2020 General Assembly within Item 318.B. of the 2020 Appropriation Act to utilize emergency authority to promulgate licensing regulations that align with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Levels of Care Criteria or an equivalent set of criteria to ensure the provision of outcome-oriented and strengths-based care in the treatment of addiction. The goal of this regulatory action is to align regulations with the ASAM Levels of Care Criteria, which ensure individualized, clinically driven, participant-directed and outcome-informed treatment.
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  [006440]
Associated Mandates Incorporation of ASAM criteria into substance abuse licensing regulations
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
9016 Emergency/NOIRA Secretary of Health and Human Resources review in progress.
Contact Information
Name / Title: John Cimino  / Licensing Legal and Regulatory Coordinator
Address: 1220 Bank Street
P.O. Box 1797
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Phone: (804)298-3279    FAX: (804)692-0066    TDD: (804)371-8977