Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Medicine
Petition 365
Petition Information
Petition Title Ban conversion therapy and shock therapy in regulations governing scope of practice of Behavior Analysts
Date Filed 4/25/2022    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Michael Moates 
Petitioner's Request

The petitioner requests that the Board of Medicine amend 18VAC85-150-110, which provides the scope of practice for behavior analysts, to ban conversion therapy, shock therapy, and the use of a graduated electronic decelerator to modify behavior. 

Agency's Plan

The petition for rulemaking will be published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on May 23, 2022 and on the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall. Public comment will open on May 23, 2022 and will close on June 22, 2022. The Board of Medicine will consider the petition and all comments in support or opposition at its Executive Committee meeting on August 5, 2022. The petitioner will be notified of the Board\'s decision after that meeting.

Comment Period Ended 6/22/2022
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 8/5/2022
Agency Decision Summary

The Board considered the petition at its August 5, 2022 Executive Committee meeting and decided it would take no action. Conversion therapy is already prohibited for all licensees of DHP. No regulation is necessary to enforce the statute. Additionally, the Board can address any standard of care violations that may arise by the use of shock therapy or graduated electronic decelerators through its standard disciplinary provisions.

Contact Information
Name / Title: William L. Harp, M.D.  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, 23233
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