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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 35. Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Chapter 250. Peer Recovery Specialists
10/22/2020

12VAC35-250-10. Definitions.

"Certifying body" means an organization approved by DBHDS that has as one of its purposes the certification of peer recovery specialists.

"DBHDS" means the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

"DBHDS peer recovery specialist training" means the curriculum developed and approved by DBHDS for the training of persons seeking to meet the Virginia qualifications to be a peer recovery specialist.

"Individual" means a person who is receiving peer recovery support services. This term includes the terms "consumer," "patient," "resident," "recipient," and "client."

"Peer recovery specialist" means a person who by education and experience is professionally qualified to provide collaborative services to assist individuals in achieving sustained recovery from the effects of mental illness, addiction, or both.

"Peer recovery support services" means collaborative nonclinical, peer-to-peer services that engage, educate, and support an individual's self-help efforts to improve his health, recovery, resiliency, and wellness to assist individuals in achieving sustained recovery from the effects of mental illness, addiction, or both.

"Recovery, resiliency, and wellness plan" means a set of goals, strategies, and actions an individual creates to guide him and his health care team to move the individual toward the maximum achievable independence and autonomy in the community.

"Registered peer recovery specialist" means a peer recovery specialist who is registered by the Virginia Board of Counseling.

Statutory Authority

§§ 37.2-203 and 37.2-304  of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 35, Issue 12, eff. March 6, 2019.

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