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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Certification of Substance Abuse Counselors [18 VAC 115 ‑ 30]
Clarification on independent practice
General Information
Action Summary The Board has amended 18VAC115-30-140 to clarify that a certified substance abuse counselor (CSAC) must practice in accordance with provisions of ยง 54.1-3507.1 of the Code of Virginia, which prohibits practice as independent, autonomous practitioners. It further clarifies that CSACs cannot directly bill for their services or represent themselves as independent or autonomous.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [6684]
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
9217 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 02/17/2022.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jaime Hoyle  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4406    FAX: (804)527-4435    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.