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Bill Detail: HB20-1206

 

Title Sunset Mental Health Professionals
Status House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole (03/13/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Professions & Occupations
House Sponsors L. Landgraf (R)
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Tate (R)
F. Winter (D)
House Committee Public Health Care and Human Services
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/30/2020
Description

Sunset Process - House Public Health Care and Human
Services Committee. The bill:

  • Continues the regulation of mental health professionals
until 2029;
  • Clarifies that mental health professionals may administer
opiate antagonists;
  • Allows the staff of a mental health board to approve
applications for licensure, certification, and registration
without ratification from the respective board unless the
board deems ratification necessary;
  • Clarifies that licensees, certificate holders, and registrants
are not required to form a professional service corporation;
  • Requires a mental health professional to disclose to clients
that the client's medical records may not be maintained
longer than 7 years;
  • Exempts students who are enrolled in a school program and
are practicing as part of a school practicum or clinical
program from licensing, certification, and registration
requirements;
  • Grants title protection to additional persons practicing in
the mental health field;
  • Clarifies that a mental health professional may disclose
confidential communications if there is a threat to a school
or its employees and personnel;
  • Makes the conviction of a crime that is related to mental
health practice a violation of the mental health practice
acts;
  • Makes the failure to report the conviction of a felony a
violation of the mental health practice acts;
  • Clarifies that it is not a prohibited activity for a mental
health professional to offer or accept payment for services
provided from a referral;
  • Authorizes the appropriate regulatory board to suspend a
mental health professional's license, certification, or
registration for the failure to comply with a board-ordered
mental or physical examination;
  • Allows mental health professionals to resolve certain issues
informally prior to reporting a violation to the applicable
board;
  • Allows supervision of an applicant for a social worker
license to be done virtually and by a person other than a
licensed social worker;
  • Repeals the requirement that a candidate for a social work
license must be supervised by a licensed social worker and
allows supervision as approved by the state board of social
work examiners;
  • States that, for licensed social workers or licensed clinical
social workers, course work is the only professional
competency activity that can fulfill all the continuing
competency requirements;
  • Requires applicants for psychology licensure to complete
a name-based criminal history record check upon initial
application;
  • Repeals the requirements that members of the mental
health boards must be United States citizens;
  • Repeals the provision allowing a licensed mental health
professional or a licensure candidate to register with the
database of registered psychologists; and
  • Grants general rule-making authority to the state board of
addiction counselor examiners and requires the state board
of human services in the department of human services to
establish by rule education requirements for addiction
counselors.

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