2/12/2019 9:18 am
Date / Time filed with the Register of Regulations
VA.R. Document Number: R____-______
Virginia Register Publication Information

Transmittal Sheet: Response to Petition for Rulemaking
Initial Agency Notice
Agency Decision
Promulgating Board: Board of Counseling
Regulatory Coordinator: Elaine J. Yeatts


Agency Contact: Jaime Hoyle

Executive Director


Contact Address: Department of Health Professions

9960 Mayland Drive

Suite 300

Richmond, VA 23233
Chapter Affected:
18 vac 115 - 50: Regulations Governing the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy
Statutory Authority: State: Chapter 35 of Title 54.1

Date Petition Received 11/09/2018
Petitioner Jamie West
 Petitioner's Request
To count up to 600 hours of supervised experience in a COAMFTE or CACREP doctoral program towards hours of residency.
 Agency Plan
In accordance with Virginia law, the petition will be filed with the Register of Regulations and published on December 10, 2018 with comment requested until January 9, 2019.  It will also be placed on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall and available for comments to be posted electronically. At its first meeting following the close of comment, scheduled for February 8, 2019, the Board will consider the request to amend regulations and all comment received in support or opposition.  The Board will inform the petitioner of its response and any action it approves.
Publication Date 12/10/2018  (comment period will also begin on this date)
Comment End Date 01/09/2019
 Agency Decision
Initiate a regulatory change
Agency Response Date 02/12/2019
 Agency Decision Text
At its meeting on February 8, 2019, the Board discussed the request to amend regulations and all comment received.  The Board has voted to submit a Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) to initiate rulemaking and receive further information and comment.  Once the NOIRA is approved by the Governor, it will be published and a 30-day comment period will be opened. The regulatory process typically takes 18 months to complete.  The petitioner was advised to follow its progress on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall at www.townhall.virginia.gov.