Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Certified Recovery Residences [12 VAC 35 ‑ 260]
Establishes certification of recovery residences (previously listed as 12 VAC35-270)
Action 5364
General Information
Action Summary This regulatory action creates a new chapter, 12 VAC35-260 (previously listed as -270), in compliance with Chapter 220 of the 2019 Acts of Assembly (HB2045), which added a new section numbered 37.2-431.1 in the Code of Virginia creating an avenue for the certification of recovery residences through regulations adopted by the State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. The new regulations define “recovery residences” and, as allowed by the enabling legislation, create a voluntary certification for residences that meet standards of credentialing entities specified by DBHDS. The two credentialing entities specified in the regulation are nationally recommended organizations that follow best practice standards for recovery. The legislation was developed through a stakeholder workgroup over the last year and with broad community feedback that called for greater oversight for recovery housing in Virginia. The certification process will be the responsibility of the DBHDS Office of Recovery Services.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006077]
Associated Mandates Certification of recovery residences
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8726 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/07/2020.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Ruth Anne Walker  / Director of Regulatory Affairs
Address: Jefferson Bldg.
1220 Bank St., 4th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)225-2252    FAX: (804)371-4609    TDD: (804)371-8977

This person is the primary contact for this board.