Behavioral health technicians, etc.; scope of practice, supervision, and qualifications. (SB403)

Introduced By

Sen. Tara Durant (R-Fredericksburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Behavioral health technicians; behavioral health technician assistants; qualified mental health professionals; qualified mental health professional-trainees; scope of practice, supervision, and qualifications. Adds behavioral health technicians and behavioral health technician assistants to the professions governed by the Board of Counseling. The bill also establishes qualification, scope of practice, and supervision requirements for qualified mental health professionals and qualified mental health professional-trainees. The bill directs the Board of Counseling to adopt regulations governing the behavioral health technician, behavioral health technician assistant, qualified mental health professional, and qualified mental health professional-trainee professions by November 1, 2024, and for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the Department of Medical Assistance Services to promulgate regulations that align with the regulations adopted by the Board of Counseling in accordance with the bill. Read the Bill »


This legislation is estimated to cost one additional position at a salary of $97,476 in the Department of Health Professions to regulate behavioral health aides and behavioral health aide trainees. The cost is expected to be supported by application fees. Additionally, additional disciplinary staff may be required to handle disciplinary matters related to the new registration category. The total number of registrants is estimated to be around 20,000 based on current registration volumes for Qualified Mental Health Professionals.

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Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104589D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/16/2024Assigned Education and Health Sub: Health Professions
01/26/2024Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2024Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2024Committee substitute printed 24106800D-S1
02/02/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/02/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB403S1)
02/05/2024Read second time
02/05/2024Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24106800D-S1
02/05/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB403S1
02/06/2024Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2024Placed on Calendar
02/13/2024Read first time
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on Health and Human Services
02/13/2024Assigned sub: Health Professions
02/22/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/22/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 0-N)
02/27/2024Reported from Health and Human Services with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2024Committee substitute printed 24107813D-H1
02/28/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB403H1)
02/29/2024Read second time
03/01/2024Read third time
03/01/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107813D-H1
03/01/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB403H1
03/01/2024Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
03/01/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Passed by for the day
03/05/2024House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/05/2024Title replaced 24107813D-H1
03/08/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB403ER)
03/08/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB403ER)
03/08/2024Signed by Speaker
03/09/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/05/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 595 (effective 7/1/24)

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