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Agency
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Board
State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
 
chapter
Regulations for Children's Residential Facilities [12 VAC 35 ‑ 46]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description This chapter provides the process and standards for licensing children's residential facilities that provide behavioral health and developmental services and brain injury services. The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services is the licensing authority under these regulations.
State Authority Sections 37.2-408 and 37.2-203 of the Code of Virginia
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation To articulate requirements to assure the health, safety, care and treatment for children who receive services from providers of residential behavioral health and developmental services and brain injury services.

To provide clear and precise criteria for determining provider accountability and taking actions to enforce compliance.
Meetings See all meetings (8) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Ruth Anne Walker  / Director of Regulatory Affairs
Address: Jefferson Bldg.
1220 Bank St., 4th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address: ruthanne.walker@dbhds.virginia.gov
Telephone: (804)225-2252    FAX: (804)371-4609    TDD: (804)371-8977
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Amendments to align with ASAM criteria in children's residential facilities Final Secretary of Health and Human Resources review in progress.
Amendments to align with the Family First Prevention Service Act (FFPSA) Proposed Secretary of Health and Human Resources review in progress.

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Promulgate a new regulation to license children's group homes and residential facilities Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 08/06/2009.

Periodic Reviews
Last Activity Status
6/16/2022 Completed Amend
12/5/2017 Completed Amend
5/3/2013 Completed Retain As Is