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Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling

Regulations Governing the Registration of Qualified Mental Health Professionals [under development] [18 VAC 115 ‑ 80]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description Regulations for registration of qualified mental health professionals are being promulgated pursuant to a mandate of Chapters 418 and 426 of the 2017 Acts of the Assembly. Regulations establish the fees required for registration and renewal of registration and specify the education and experience necessary to qualify for registration. In order to maintain registration, there is a requirement of eight hours of continuing education with a minimum of one hour in ethics. Standards of practice for qualified mental health professionals include practicing within one’s competency area, practicing in a manner that does not endanger public health and safety, maintaining confidentiality, and avoiding dual relationships that would impair objectivity and increase risk of client exploitation. A violation of standards of practice or of applicable law or regulation provides grounds for disciplinary action by the Board.
State Authority §§ 54.1-2400 , 54.1-3500 & 54.1-3505
Federal Authority N/A
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation To establish a registry of qualified mental health professionals and set standards for their practice.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Jaime Hoyle  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)367-4406    FAX: (804)527-4435    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Reduction in application fee for trainees
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Submitted to the Registrar and awaiting publication (01/20/2020).
Handling fee - returned check Fast-Track Secretary of Health and Human Resources review in progress.

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Initial regulations for registration of Qualified Mental Health Professionals Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 11/13/2019.
Registration of QMHP-trainees