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A.B. 2213 - Allied Health Credentialing Issues


Sponsor: Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D)

Summary: Current version (3/28/2014): Provides that the Board of Behavioral Sciences shall consider hours of experience obtained outside of California during the six-year period immediately preceding the date the applicant initially obtained the marriage and family therapist license. Specifies that if the applicant has less than 3,000 hours of qualifying supervised experience, time actively licensed as a marriage and family therapist shall be accepted at a rate of 100 hours per month, up to a maximum of 1,200 hours.

Specifies that an applicant who completed a course in law and professional ethics for marriage and family therapists that did not contain instruction in California law and ethics, shall complete an 18-hour course in California law and professional ethics. Stipulates that the content of the course shall include, but not be limited to, advertising, scope of practice, scope of competence, treatment of minors, confidentiality, dangerous patients, psychotherapist-patient privilege, recordkeeping, patient access to records, state and federal laws relating to confidentiality of patient health information, dual relationships, child abuse, elder and dependent adult abuse, online therapy, insurance reimbursement, civil liability, disciplinary actions and unprofessional conduct, ethics complaints and ethical standards, termination of therapy, standards of care, relevant family law, therapist disclosures to patients, differences in legal and ethical standards in different types of work settings and licensing law and licensing process.

Current version (3/28/2014):

Introduced version:

Status: Introduced 2/20/2014. Referred to Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection 3/6/2014. Amended by author; referred to Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection 3/28/2014. Hearing held; passed Committee; referred to Committee on Appropriations 4/8/2014. Hearing scheduled 4/30/2014.

Outlook: The hearing will be open to the public. Public testimony will be accepted. Written testimony should be submitted in advance of the scheduled hearing. A vote may be taken at the discretion of the committee chair.

This measure passed the Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection, 14-0, and was referred to the Committee on Appropriations with a recommendation to be placed on the Consent Calendar. The Board of Behavioral Sciences, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Association of California Healthcare Districts and the California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies supports this measure. There is no registered opposition on file.

The author amended this measure out of committee. The amendment provides for technical corrections, as well as altering degree requirements for out of state professional clinical counselor applicants.

According to the author "the Board of Behavioral Sciences is concerned with new requirements that are set to take effect in January of 2016, for licensure of Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Clinical Counselors from out-of-state create unnecessary barriers to licensure for these professionals, thus restricting portability of these licenses to California.This bill addresses these concerns by allowing out-of-state applicants to remediate coursework through continuing education and to do so while registered as an intern. Furthermore, it will allow applicants who are licensed in another state to remediate practicum requirements while registered as an intern with the Board of Behavioral Sciences and exempt out-of-state applicants who have been licensed for more than two years from this requirement. This bill will allow the Board of Behavioral Sciences to accept supervised hours at a rate of 100hrs/months for up to 1,200 hours for applicants licensed in another state. Finally, this bill adds clarity to existing coursework requirements by specifying the number of course hours or units required."

The sponsor is a member of the majority party. Democrats control both chambers of the Legislature as well as the office of the Governor.

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