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David E. Brown, D.C.

The Department of Health Professions (DHP) is pleased to introduce on behalf of the Commonwealth's 13 health regulatory boards and the Board of Health Professions, this brief synopsis on the work of the boards to license and regulate Virginia's 350,000 healthcare practitioners across 80 professions. Each board works "To ensure safe and competent patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards of practice, and providing information to health care practitioners and the public."

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to ensure safe and competent patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards of practice, and providing information to health care practitioners and the public.

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Medicine Veterinary Medicine offers resources for combating RX drug and heroin abuse

vaaware.comPrescription drug and heroin abuse throughout the Commonwealth has reached epidemic proportions, with annual drug overdose deaths outnumbering deaths caused by car accidents.

In response to this crisis of addiction, Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Task Force on Rx Drug and Heroin Abuse in Virginia recommended that state agencies create a comprehensive website. Here is, an online resource developed as an informational tool for all citizens of Virginia.

The site features specific pages for parents, educators, licensed practitioners, law enforcement officers and drug dependents, and offers best practices for recognizing, preventing, diagnosing, treating, and recovering from opioid/heroin abuse.

Reimbursement Now Available for Select Medicaid Patients

In order to better serve citizens of the Commonwealth, healthcare practitioners treating mentally ill Medicaid patients with serious conditions who are enrolled in the Governorís Access Plan (GAP) may now seek reimbursement through the Department of Medical Services (DMAS) for select outpatient medical, behavioral health and other services offered by Magellan of Virginia.

Download the GAP Benefit Packet on DMASí website for additional information.

Specific questions and requests can be forwarded to

Growing number of Zika virus cases reported in Virginia

Image of Asian tiger mosquito. Zika. www.ZikaVA.orgPrimarily a mosquito borne disease, the Zika virus is most impactful in warmer seasons when illness can be transmitted by insects carrying the virus from one person to another.  In fact, 15 cases have been reported in the Commonwealth as of May 12, 2016.  Maintaining a keen awareness for the transmission and treatment of Zika virus infection is an imperative for healthcare practitioners.  The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) offers a variety of related information and tools on its website.

Download the Virginia State Zika Response Plan
For quick information, consult VDH’s Zika Fact Sheet

Background checks

Effective January 1, 2016, the Virginia Board of Nursing will incorporate both state and federal criminal background checks as part of the application process for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses seeking licensure. This requirement applies to applicants by examination, endorsement and reinstatement. Upon submission of an application, information on criminal background checks will be provided to the potential licensee.

Navigating FOIA

A vast majority of public records are available to all citizens of the Commonwealth through the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  Download our guidance document to learn more about your FOIA rights and responsibilities.

Governor’s Task Force On Prescription Drug And Heroin Abuse

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 29 on September 26, 2014, establishing the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse. For more information click here.

DHP Now on Social Media

The Department of Health Professions (DHP), composed of Virginia’s 13 health regulatory boards, the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), the Healthcare Workforce Data Center (HWDC) and the Health Practitioners Monitoring Program (HPMP) is now live on two social media platforms, YouTube and Tumblr.
 HWDC on Tumblr  You Tube

For agency information regarding “How to file a complaint with a health regulatory board,” “ How to register to use the Prescription Monitoring Program” or to view the National Association of Boards of Pharmacists®, ”Red Flags” video visit DHP on YouTube at VA Health Professions.

For the latest information from the DHP Healthcare Workforce Data Center, please visit DHP HWDC on Tumblr.

New Video Resource - Prescription Drug Abuse - Red Flags for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

An educational video for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to help them identify the warning signs of prescription drug abuse and diversion when dispensing prescriptions was created by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® and the Anti-Diversion Industry Working Group, a consortium of pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors. This 12-minute video, entitled, "Red Flags," includes a foreword from Virginia Board of Pharmacy Executive Director, Caroline D. Juran.

Extension of renewal requirements for deployed military and spouses

For more information, please read attached policy and contact the applicable board for your license.

Death Certification

Virginia Department of Health training on Death Certification.

Public Health Information

Important Public Health Information from the Department of Health

Important Information on Payments

Please note DHP no longer accepts cash payments or foreign checks. Only the following payment methods are accepted:

  • Personal/Business Checks
  • Cashier’s/Certified Checks
  • Money Orders

No cash, credit/debit cards, or foreign checks are accepted at DHP’s central office. DHP offers online and mail-in payment options. For online options click the following links:
Online Renewals | Online Applications

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DHP Performs

The Department’s most important priority is to ensure that citizens receive safe and competent healthcare. We have achieved a dramatic improvement in how long it takes to resolve disciplinary cases without sacrificing public safety. Click here or the chart below, to get the complete story.

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