Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Standards for Licensed Assisted Living Facilities [22 VAC 40 ‑ 73]
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Amend ALF Regulation as a Result of 2021 Legislation
Action 5739
General Information
Action Summary This regulatory action will make the Standards for Licensed Assisted Living Facilities consistent with the Code of Virginia, as amended by Chapter 525 of the Acts of Assembly. Chapter 525 has an effective date of July 1, 2021. Section 540 will be amended to add that, during a declared public health emergency related to a communicable disease of public health threat, assisted living facilities establish a protocol to receive visits from a rabbi, priest, minister, or clergyman of any religious denomination or sect. This is consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services and subject to compliance with any executive order, order of public health, Department guidance, or any other applicable federal or state guidance having the effect of limiting visitation. Such protocol may restrict the frequency and duration of visits and may require visits to be conducted virtually using interactive or audiovisual technology and may require the person visiting a resident to comply with all reasonable requirements of the assisted living facility adopted to protect the health and safety of the person, residents, and staff of the assisted living facility.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required. As such, it can be submitted directly for publication and is effective upon publication.
Exempt Citation: 2.2-4006.A.4.a.
RIS Project Yes  [6802]
Is Federal action a driving factor in this regulatory change? If so, please provide a specific reference to the law, regulation or court case.
Associated Mandates Amend ALF Regulation as a Result of 2021 Legislation
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
9284 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/13/2021.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Sharon Lindsay 
Address: 801 E. Main Street

Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)726-7167    FAX: (804)726-7132    TDD: ()-