Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Rules and Regulations For Licensing Providers by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services [12 VAC 35 ‑ 105]
Amendments to align with enhanced behavioral health services
Action 5565
General Information
Action Summary The General Assembly directed the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), within Item 318 (and DMAS in Item 313) of the Appropriation Act, to promulgate emergency regulations to ensure that the DBHDS licensing regulations support high quality, community-based mental health services and align with the changes being made to the Medicaid behavioral health regulations for the services funded in the budged that support evidence-based, trauma-informed, prevention-focused and cost-effective services for members across the lifespan. The amendments contained in this emergency action consist of only those changes that are necessary to align DBHDS licensing regulations with anticipated changes to Medicaid behavioral health regulations by removing provisions that would conflict with newly funded behavioral health services and establishing new licensed services for those newly funded behavioral health services that cannot be nested under an existing DBHDS license.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006076]
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
9017 Emergency/NOIRA Stage complete. Emergency regulation superseded by final permanent regulation.
9365 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 04/15/2022.
9684 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 02/17/2023.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Ruth Anne Walker  / Director of Regulatory Affairs
Address: Jefferson Bldg.
1220 Bank St., 4th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)225-2252    FAX: (804)371-4609    TDD: (804)371-8977

This person is the primary contact for this board.