Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling [18 VAC 115 ‑ 20]
Review 1671
Periodic Review of this Chapter
Includes a Small Business Impact Review
Date Filed: 7/5/2018
Notice of Periodic Review
Pursuant to Executive Order 17 (2014) and ยงยง 2.2-4007.1 and 2.2-4017 of the Code of Virginia, the Board of Counseling is conducting a periodic review and small business impact review of VAC citation:
18 VAC 115 15 Regulations Governing Delegation to an Agency Subordinate

18 VAC 115 20 Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling

18 VAC 115 50 Regulations Governing the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy

18 VAC 115 60 Regulations Governing the Licensure of Substance Abuse Professionals

The review of this regulation will be guided by the principles in Executive Order 17 (2014).

The purpose of this review is to determine whether this regulation should be repealed, amended, or retained in its current form. Public comment is sought on the review of any issue relating to this regulation, including whether the regulation (i) is necessary for the protection of public health, safety, and welfare or for the economical performance of important governmental functions; (ii) minimizes the economic impact on small businesses in a manner consistent with the stated objectives of applicable law; and (iii) is clearly written and easily understandable.

The comment period begins August 6, 2018, and ends on September 5, 2018.

Comments may be submitted online to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall at Comments may also be sent to:

Elaine J. Yeatts
Senior Policy Analyst
Department of Health Professions
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233

Comments must include the commenter's name and address (physical or email) information in order to receive a response to the comment from the agency. Following the close of the public comment period, a report of both reviews will be posted on the Town Hall and a report of the small business impact review will be published in the Virginia Register of Regulations
Publication of Notice in the Register and Public Comment Period
Published in the Virginia Register on 8/6/2018
Comment Period begins on the publication date and ended on 9/5/2018

Comments Received: 80

Review Result
Amend the regulation
pdf TH-07 Periodic Review Report of Findings   (2/28/2019)
Action Implementing the Result
Action ID #5230: Changes resulting from periodic review
Attorney General Certification
Submitted to OAG: 7/5/2018
Review Completed: 3/25/2022
Result: Certified
pdf Review Memo