Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Peer Recovery Specialists [12 VAC 35 ‑ 250]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description This regulation is necessary for individuals to be designated as “peer recovery specialists” to have a pathway for the workforce to provide peer services through the Virginia ARTS benefit, which became available to Medicaid members receiving addiction treatment services at all levels of care effective on July 1, 2017.
State Authority Sections 37.2-203 and 37.2-304 of the Code of Virginia authorize the Board to adopt regulations that may be necessary to carry out the provisions of Title 37.2 and other laws of the Commonwealth administered by the Commissioner and the Department .
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation With the creation of Medicaid coverage for peer services in Virginia, this regulation provides administrative structure for DBHDS qualifications, education, and experience for peer recovery specialists to ensure that individuals providing peer recovery services in Virginia’s public system of behavioral health services demonstrate a baseline of practical knowledge.
Meetings See all meetings (3) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Ruth Anne Walker  / Director of Regulatory Affairs
Address: Jefferson Bldg.
1220 Bank St., 4th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)225-2252    FAX: (804)371-4609    TDD: (804)371-8977
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
New regulation of peer recovery specialists. Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/06/2019.

Periodic Reviews
Last Activity Status
5/10/2023 Agency Completed Retain As Is