NYC Therapist News: Reviewing Psychotherapy Licensure Laws in New York
This came in our mailbox on May 31st from the state, yet May 31st is (was) the last day to respond.
Chapters 130 and 132 of the Laws of 2010 extended until July 1, 2013 the
exemption from certain professional licensure laws. The exemption allowed
individuals who are not licensed to provide services that would otherwise
be restricted to those licensed or authorized (e.g., limited permit holder
or intern under supervision) to engage in the practice of psychology,
social work, and mental health practitioners. Chapters 130 and 132 also
mandated the exempt agencies to submit to the Education Department reports
detailing the utilization of individuals providing services that would
otherwise be restricted to those licensed or authorized and recommending
measures that will enable each entity to comply with professional licensure
laws when the exemptions expire. These reports were submitted to SED and
posted on our website (www.op.nysed.gov) to allow the public to review and
comment on the agencies’ recommendations.
The laws require that the Commissioner of Education prepare a report to the
Legislature and Executive by July 1, 2012 recommending any amendments to
law, rule or regulation necessary to fully implement the requirements for
licensure by July 1, 2013. A draft report has been shared with the exempt
agencies, Legislature and Executive. Links to an Executive Summary of the
report, the draft report, and its appendices are on the OP website:
http://www.op.nysed.gov/surveys/mhpsw/exempt-draftreport.htm. (If the link
does not work, copy and paste this address into your web browser.)
SED is seeking public input before finalizing the report and has created an
online survey where stakeholders can identify any areas that have not been
addressed in the report. You can access the survey at:
Please complete the survey no later than May 31, 2012 in order to allow the
Department to address any oversights in the report. After any necessary
revisions are made, the commissioners of exempt agencies will be asked to
submit statements or alternative recommendations for inclusion in the final
report prior to submission to the Legislature and Executive.
To give some context, this came to our email box from the listserv ON May 31st, the last day allowed for public comments and proposed changes to existing licensure law. If you want people to comment, give them time to comment. Hopefully people will retweet this and they will be pressured to leave the commentary period open longer (as well as let the professionals involved know that there are proposed changes).