Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Regulatory Advisory Panel

Meeting Details
Date / Time 10/22/2019  10:00 am
Location Tuckahoe Library
TU Meeting Room
1901 Starling Drive
Henrico, VA 23229 
Board Website Address is to long to list here; see note above. 
Agenda document pdf Meeting Agenda 1/3/2020   (244k)
Minutes document pdf Meeting minutes 1/3/2020   (235k)       DRAFT
Disability Friendly? Yes       Deaf interpreter available upon request? Yes
Purpose of the meeting
Purpose Established in accordance with the department’s Public Participation Guidelines (12VAC35-12-70, Appointment of Regulatory Advisory Panel), the purpose of a RAP is to: ‘provide professional specialization or technical assistance when the agency determines that such expertise is necessary to address a specific regulatory issue or action….’ Background: After conducting the most recent periodic review of the Licensing Regulations, the agency filed a decision to amend the regulations. Planned Changes: Since then, the Office of Licensing developed draft revisions to both the structure and the content of the Licensing Regulations. In regard to structure, currently language addressing all disabilities is contained in Chapter 105. This all-in-one structure is actually very rare across Virginia agencies or in other states. As is most typical, a ‘general chapter’ was developed to apply to three disability-specific chapters (developmental, behavioral health, and substance abuse). Further, it was deemed necessary to develop the general chapter first. The RAP mentioned above will convene to review the draft new general chapter and provide feedback to the department. [Note: Once development of disability-specific chapters is finalized, additional RAPs will be formed for the same review process for those chapters. This is planned to occur in the spring of 2020.] RAP Membership and Public Comment •Membership on the RAP is by invitation. Twenty-one individuals from state agency partners and providers around the state are being invited in order to have a balanced representation. •The meetings will be formal in nature and open to the public. •The draft text under review by the RAP will be posted concurrently on Town Hall in a public comment forum and sent to all providers as required by Chapter 599 of the 2017 General Assembly. Response to Periodic Review versus Behavioral Health Redesign It is important to distinguish this drafting effort of the response to periodic review of the Licensing Regulations from other current discussions regarding only behavioral health redesign. •Response to Periodic Review: Draft changes for the response to periodic review will be in a separate action and are not expected to take effect until at least 2021 following the standard process, which takes an average of 18 months to two years to complete. •Behavioral Health Redesign: The current effective Licensing Regulations will be the vehicle for any required department regulatory changes that come from the behavioral health redesign. Such changes would likely be emergency regulations as authorized by the General Assembly.
Meeting Scope
Public hearing to receive comment on a proposed stage
General business of the board
Discuss particular regulations / chapters
The agency plans to discuss the following regulations at this meeting:
12 VAC 35-105 Rules and Regulations For Licensing Providers by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

Contact Information
Name / Title: Ruth Anne Walker  / Director of Regulatory Affairs
Address: Jefferson Bldg.
1220 Bank St., 11th Floor
Richmond, 23219
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)225-2252    FAX: (804)786-8623    TDD: (804)371-8977