Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Regulations to Govern Temporary Leave from State Facilities [12 VAC 35 ‑ 210]
Amend Regulations Following Periodic Review
Action 5043
General Information
Action Summary Chapter 210 provides guidance including definitions, policy, and documentation expectations related to temporary leave from mental health hospitals and training centers operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (“DBHDS,” or “department”). Collectively, these hospitals and training centers are referred to as “state facilities.” As long as the department operates state facilities, this regulation is needed to ensure the safety of the individuals on leave. This action is the result of a periodic review. The proposed amendments are not substantive and merely update language to mirror language in the Code of Virginia or in 12VAC35-115, Regulations to Assure the Rights of Individuals Receiving Services from Providers Licensed, Funded, or Operated by the Department Of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (“Human Rights Regulations”).
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [005202]
Result of Prior Periodic Review Filed 7/19/2017
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
8265 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 02/21/2019.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Ruth Anne Walker  / Director of Regulator Affairs
Address: Jefferson Bldg.
1220 Bank St., 4th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)225-2252    FAX: (804)786-8623    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.