Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Petition 321
Petition Information
Petition Title Waiver of examination for licensure as a substance abuse treatment practitioner for LCSWs
Date Filed 4/20/2020    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner James Christmas 
Petitioner's Request

To amend section 50 to allow persons who are licensed as clinical social workers to be licensed as substance abuse treatment practitioners without examination.

Agency's Plan

The petition will be published in the Register of Regulations with a comment period from May 11, 2020 to June 10, 2020. All comments will be considered by the Board at it next meeting, scheduled for August 21, 2020.

Comment Period Began 5/11/2020    Ended 6/10/2020
Virginia Register Announcement Submitted on 4/20/2020
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Published on: 5/11/2020     Volume: 36  Issue: 19
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 8/21/2020
Decision Publication Date Published on: 9/14/2020     Volume: 37  Issue: 2
Agency Decision Summary

At its meeting on August 21, 2020, the Board declined to take action on the petition. It concurred with the commenters who noted that licensure as a substance abuse treatment practitioner requires specialized education, experience, and examination. In its proposed amendments adopted pursuant to a periodic review of Chapter 60, the Board has already deleted the existing exemption from examination for licensed professional counselors.

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