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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 / Stage 8534
Final Stage  
red ball Final Text 1/21/2020  10:53 am  
pdf Agency Background Document 2/14/2019   (modified 3/8/2019)    
red ball Governor's Review Memo 12/23/2019   

Changes to Text No changes have been made to the text since the proposed stage was last published in the Register.
DPB Review
Submitted on 2/14/2019
Review Completed: 3/7/2019
Secretary Review Secretary of Health and Human Resources Review Completed: 9/15/2019
Governor's Review Governor Review Completed: 12/23/2019
Result: Approved
Virginia Registrar Submitted on 12/23/2019
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Publication Date: 1/20/2020    Volume: 36  Issue: 11
Comment Period Ended 2/22/2017
Effective Date 2/19/2020
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jaime Hoyle  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)367-4406    FAX: (804)527-4435    TDD: ()-
This person is the primary contact for this board.


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Action 4691:
Updating and clarifying regulations
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage Type Status
NOIRA   (7732) Stage complete. Comment period ended 02/22/2017.
Proposed   (8021) Stage complete. Comment period ended 12/28/2018.
Final   (8534) Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 02/19/2020.
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