Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Certification of Substance Abuse Counselors [18 VAC 115 ‑ 30]
Updating and clarifying regulations
Action 4691
General Information
Action Summary The Board intends to amend regulations for certified substance abuse counselors (CSAC) and counseling assistants to clarify portions that have confused applicants, add more specific requirements for supervised practice to better ensure accountability and quality in the experience, add time limits for completion of experience to avoid perpetual supervisees who may continue to practice without passage of an examination and completion of certification, add requirements for continuing education as a requisite for renewal to ensure on-going competency to practice, and place additional standards of practice in regulation to address issues the Board has seen in complaints and disciplinary proceedings and for consistency with other professions in behavioral health.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [004945]
New Periodic Review This action will be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7732 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 02/22/2017.
8021 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 12/28/2018.
8534 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 02/19/2020.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jaime Hoyle  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4406    FAX: (804)527-4435    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.