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9/30/22  4:32 pm
Commenter: Mindy Carlin, Executive Director, VACBP

12VAC35-109-10. Definitions

We propose the following specific changes in this section.

  • Add definition for “approved accreditation bodies”

“Approved Accreditation Bodies”. The Department recognizes these accrediting bodies for licensed services. Agency proof of accreditation in good standing of the services under 12VAC35-109-20 substitutes for initial and periodic licensing inspections. Department inspection of agency locations as well as employee and client documentations requirements set forth in regulation is also not required for agencies with accredited services:

CARF International

6951 East Southpoint Road
Tucson, AZ 85756-9407


Council on Accreditation
45 Broadway, 29th Floor
New York, NY 10006


The Joint Commission
One Renaissance Boulevard
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

  • Change language to reflect that the “comprehensive assessment,” is the same as the “comprehensive needs assessment.”


  • For initial ISP definition, recognize that center-based programs are often not 24/7 facilities, and as such, developing and implementing the initial ISP within, “24 hours of admission,” may not be feasible. We suggest the language change to, “by no later than the next business day."


  • Add definition for program sponsor 

“Program sponsor” means the person(s) named in the application for licensing and shall have relevant training, experience, or both, in the treatment of individuals with opioid addiction.


  • Add definition for QMHPP 

"Qualified Mental Health Paraprofessional” of “QMHPP" means a person who must meet at least one of the following criteria: (i) registered with the United States Psychiatric Association (USPRA) as an Associate Psychiatric Rehabilitation Provider (APRP); (ii) has an associate's degree in a related field (social work, psychology, psychiatric rehabilitation, sociology, counseling, vocational rehabilitation, human services counseling) and at least one year of experience providing direct services to individuals with a diagnosis of mental illness; (iii) licensed as an occupational therapy assistant, and supervised by a licensed occupational therapist, with at least one year of experience providing direct services to individuals with a diagnosis of mental illness; or (iv) has a minimum of 90 hours classroom training and 12 weeks of experience under the direct personal supervision of a QMHP-A providing services to individuals with mental illness and at least one year of experience (including the 12 weeks of supervised experience).

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