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Mandate 1016

Mandate Information
Mandate Title:
Certification of recovery residences
Purpose of legislation
This mandate added a new section numbered 37.2-431.1 in the Code of Virginia creating an avenue for the certification of recovery residences through regulations adopted by the State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. The new regulations define “recovery residences” and, as allowed by the enabling legislation, create a voluntary certification for residences that meet standards of credentialing entities specified by DBHDS. The intent of this Section 1 legislation is to establish a process for the maintenance of a list by DBHDS of certified recovery houses. As allowed in the legislation, DBHDS identifies through the regulation specific credentialing entities and the regulations will require the submission of an application with proof of good standing from one of the specific credentialing entities in order to have a recovery residence added to the list placed on the DBHDS website. Certified recovery residences are to be held to nationally recognized standards to ensure safety and recovery through effective peer support, mutual accountability, and clear social structures. Voluntary certification of recovery housing is intended to make it easier to locate recovery housing for individuals needing such housing and thus create a list of available houses to be utilized by courts, community services boards, individuals, and families.
Legislation mandating a change Chap 220 (2019)
VAC chapters to be amended
12 vac 35 - 260 : Certified Recovery Residences
Associated Regulatory Actions
Action 5364: Establishes certification of recovery residences (previously listed as 12 VAC35-270)
Latest Stage: Fast-Track
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