Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Regulations for Children's Residential Facilities [12 VAC 35 ‑ 46]
Amendments to align with ASAM criteria in children's residential facilities
Action 5564
General Information
Action Summary The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBDHS) was directed by the 2020 General Assembly within Item 318.B. of the 2020 Appropriation Act to utilize emergency authority to promulgate licensing regulations that align with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Levels of Care Criteria or an equivalent set of criteria to ensure the provision of outcome-oriented and strengths-based care in the treatment of addiction. The goal of this regulatory action is to align regulations with the ASAM Levels of Care Criteria, which ensure individualized, clinically driven, participant-directed and outcome-informed treatment. Two nonsubstantive changes from the emergency to proposed: 1. "Allied health professional" (made singular) in Section 20. 2. Changed to DSM abbreviation in Section 1180 B.1.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006440]
Associated Mandates
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
9016 Emergency/NOIRA Stage complete. Emergency regulation superseded by final permanent regulation.
9363 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 04/15/2022.
9685 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 02/17/2023.
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.