Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Medical Assistance Services
Board of Medical Assistance Services
Amount, Duration, and Scope of Medical and Remedial Care and Services [12 VAC 30 ‑ 50]
CMH and Peers Updates
Action 5231
General Information
Action Summary This regulatory package contains three different updates: First, references to the Behavioral Health Services Administrator (or BHSA) are stricken and replaced with references to “DMAS or its contractor.” The BHSA contract was extended for one year, and will end in 2020, and these references are being updated in anticipation of that change. Second, clarifications are being made to the Peers regulations, including changes to correct the accidental omission of LMHP-R, RP, and S so that they may perform appropriate functions within Peer Recovery Support Services. Finally, the package includes changes that remove the annual limits from certain community mental health services. These limits are prohibited because they conflict with mental health parity requirements under federal law. There is no cost to this change, because these limits have not been enforced since the Magellan BHSA was brought on to administer these services.
Chapters Affected
  VAC Chapter Name Action Type
Primary 12 VAC 30-50 Amount, Duration, and Scope of Medical and Remedial Care and Services Amend Existing Regulation
Other chapters
  12 VAC 30 - 130 Amount, Duration and Scope of Selected Services
  12 VAC 30 - 60 Standards Established and Methods Used to Assure High Quality Care
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [005828]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8547 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 04/14/2021.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Emily McClellan  / Regulatory Supervisor
Address: Policy Division, DMAS
600 E. Broad Street, Suite 1300
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)371-4300    FAX: (804)786-1680    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.