Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Applications for Public Assistance [22 VAC 40 ‑ 294]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description This chapter requires local departments of social services to provide information on advance directives to public assistance applicants,and to collect from applicants alternate contact information.
State Authority Chapters 106 and 472 of the 2017 Acts of Assembly
Federal Authority n/a
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 Conform the Virginia Administrative Code to the Code of Virginia. Public assistance applicants will be informed of advance directives at the time of application, enabling them to plan for future needs. In addition, applicants will be able to provide alternate means of communication by the local department of social services, including but not limited to email and text. This may help expedite the eligibility determination process.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Thomas Steinhauser  / Director, Division of Benefit Programs
Address: 801 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)726-7362    FAX: (804)726-7662    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Establish Regulation for Public Assistance Applications
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/19/2017.

Periodic Reviews
Last Activity Status
4/21/2022 Agency Completed Retain As Is