12/18/2018 8:40 am
Date / Time filed with the Register of Regulations
VA.R. Document Number: R____-______
Virginia Register Publication Information

Transmittal Sheet: Response to Petition for Rulemaking
Initial Agency Notice
Agency Decision
Promulgating Board: Board of Counseling
Regulatory Coordinator: Elaine J. Yeatts


Agency Contact: Jaime Hoyle

Executive Director


Contact Address: Department of Health Professions

9960 Mayland Drive

Suite 300

Richmond, VA 23233
Chapter Affected:
18 vac 115 - 60: Regulations Governing the Licensure of Substance Abuse Professionals
Statutory Authority: State: Chapter 35 of Title 54.1

Date Petition Received 12/18/2018
Petitioner Michael Hayter
 Petitioner's Request
To amend regulations to waive the requirement for an examination for licensed clinical social workers who can show clinical experience based in substance abuse services to become licensed substance abuse treatment practitioners. Licensed professional counselors currently have such a waiver.
 Agency Plan
In accordance with Virginia law, the petition will be filed with the Register of Regulations and published on January 21, 2019 with comment requested until February 20, 2019.  It will also be placed on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall and available for comments to be posted electronically.  At its first meeting following the close of comment, scheduled for May 31, 2019, the Board will consider the request to amend regulations and all comment received in support or opposition.  The petitioner will be informed of the board's response and any action it approves.
Publication Date 01/21/2019  (comment period will also begin on this date)
Comment End Date 02/20/2019