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Upcoming Events
 
Peer Recovery Support Specialist Regional Trainings
DHHR's Bureau for Behavioral Health is hosting quarterly regional Peer Recovery Support Specialist trainings to provide educational opportunities on important issues pertaining to addiction and recovery. Learn more
 
General Information
 
Driver’s License Reinstatement 
Passed in March 2019, concerning Driver’s License Reinstatement, this statute outlines the waving of license reinstatement fees in some circumstances and providing for a method to reduce the license revocation period. 
 
Expungement
Passed in March 2019, this statue was amended to decrease the amount of time required to seek expungement, where applicable. A list of approved treatment and recovery facilities as indicated in code are available here
If you would like to have your program added to the approved treatment and recovery facilitylist, contact Rachel Thaxton at Rachel.M.Thaxton@wv.gov, for more information. 
 
Naloxone Distribution
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has recently updated materials related to naloxone distribution including training documents and brochures that fulfill state law requirements. This and additional information is available on the West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services website and can be found at https://www.wvoems.org/medical-direction/naloxone-information.
 

Peer Recovery Support Specialist Requirements
To view Chapter 504 on Substance Use Disorders of the BMS Provider Manual concerning Peer Recovery Support Specialist requirements, please click here. Details about PRSS can be found on pages 23 through 25. For a copy of the Peer Recovery Support Specialist Certification Application Form, please click here. A fillable form is also available to download at this site.

Recovery Housing: Best Practices and Suggested Guidelines
Recovery housing is an intervention that is specifically designed to address the recovering person’s need for a safe and healthy living environment while supplying the requisite recovery and peer supports. Click here to learn about the 10 best practices and minimum standards.

Standards and Credentialing Process for Addiction and Prevention Professionals
The West Virginia Certification Board for Addiction & Prevention Professionals is a voluntary board whose purpose is to certify the qualifications and competence of the persons who are engaged in professional addictions services, be it treatment or prevention.

West Virginia Opioid Response Plan
The ODCP worked with a panel of national and regional public health experts to garner public input and review science-supported options to reduce the number of overdose deaths in the State. Learn more.

West Virginia Overdose Fatality Analysis 
In January 2018, DHHR released the 2016 West Virginia Overdose Fatality Analysis: Healthcare Systems Utilization, Risk Factors, and Opportunities for Intervention The effort was led by DHHR, the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Learn more.  

Senate Bill 273 (Opioid Reduction Act)
Effective June 7, 2018, the legislation sets limitations on opioid prescriptions and authorizes a “nonopioiddirective” patients can put in their medical files, formally notifying health care professionals they do not want to be prescribed or administered opioid medications. Learn more.

For Providers

Executive Order No. 17-2
Statutory Regulations Suspended During the State of Emergency. Click here to view.