Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Petition 346
Petition Information
Petition Title Reduce required class hours for addiction counseling
Date Filed 6/7/2021    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Jennifer Stolpe 
Petitioner's Request

To amend the education requirement for licensure by endorsement to require only 36 class hours if all class hours were focused on Addiction Counseling.

Agency's Plan

The petition will be posted on Townhall and published in the Register of Regulations on July 5, 2021 with comment requested until August 4, 2021.

The petition and all comments received will be considered at the first meeting of the Regulatory Committee scheduled on August 6, 2021. The Board will receive a recommendation from the Committee and decide whether to initiate rulemaking at its meeting on August 20, 2021.

Comment Period Began 7/5/2021    Ended 8/4/2021
Virginia Register Announcement Submitted on 6/7/2021
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Published on: 7/5/2021     Volume: 37  Issue: 23
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 8/23/2021
Decision Publication Date Published on: 9/13/2021     Volume: 38  Issue: 2
Agency Decision Summary

At its meeting on August 20, 2021, the Board discussed the petitioner's request and decided not to initiate rulemaking. Since the standard for all licensed professions regulated by the Board is 60 graduate hours in counseling, a reduction to 36 hours would be problematic for this license. The petitioner was advised that her educational background would likely qualify you for certification as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in Virginia, so she could consider pursuing that option.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Jaime Hoyle  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, 23233
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