News & Reports
- Mandatory Continuing Education Requirements for Mental Health Practitioners
The Board of Regents has approved regulations to implement the mandatory continuing education (CE) requirement for licensed mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, creative arts therapists and psychoanalysts, effective January 1, 2017. The approved regulations are posted at: www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/mhplaw.htm. After January 1, 2017, to maintain licensure, a licensee will have to complete 36 hours of CE during each three-year registration period, from a provider approved by the Department. The State Board will develop and post applications for eligible entities seeking to become an approved CE provider on the web in the coming weeks, so that applications can be reviewed, and where appropriate approved, prior to January 1, 2017. This will allow licensees to complete the required CE from Department-approved providers after January 1, 2017, which they must do in order to be eligible to register and maintain standing to practice in New York State. Please check our website in the coming weeks for the CE provider applications and frequently asked questions about the new law and regulations.
- Connecticut law regarding social work licensure without examination does not impact New York social work licensure requirements
A recent statutory change in Connecticut law allows an individual who received a master's degree in social work on or before October 1, 2013, from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), to apply for licensure as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) without examination before October 1, 2015. The New York State Board for Social Work has received several questions as to whether an individual licensed without examination in Connecticut could be licensed as a LMSW in New York, without meeting the examination requirement in New York law.
There is no reciprocity for a professional license as an LMSW in New York. A social worker licensed at the entry level (e.g., LMSW) in another jurisdiction, who seeks licensure in New York, must meet the same requirements as any other applicant in New York. More information can be found on our web site at www.op.nysed.gov/prof/sw/.
- Physical Therapy Practice Alerts Now Available
The State Education Department's Physical Therapy web page has been updated to include a series of practice alerts, intended to provide physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and the public they serve with useful information on a variety of topics. Those topics include referrals, supervision, delegation of tasks, advertising, practice issues, recordkeeping, and permissible business entities. Developed in collaboration with the State Board for Physical Therapy, it is anticipated that the practice alerts will promote good practice and address many frequently asked questions. New alerts will be added as they become available. The alerts can be found on our web site at www.op.nysed.gov/prof/pt/ptalerts.htm.
- Report to the Legislature and Executive Regarding the Exemption from Licensure for Social Workers, Psychologists and Mental Health Practitioners pursuant to Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2013
Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2013 extended until July 1, 2016 the exemption from licensure as a social worker, psychologist or mental health practitioner those individuals employed in programs that are operated, regulated, approved or funded by certain state or local government agencies. The law also required the State Education Department, in consultation with the affected agencies, professional associations, providers and consumers, to issue a report to the Governor and Legislature regarding the implementation of the law. The report and alternative recommendations from the commissioners of those exempt agencies was transmitted to the Governor, Speaker of the Assembly, Senate President pro tem and chairs of the Senate and Assembly Higher Education Committees on February 3, 2015. You can access the 2015 report and additional information about the licensing laws and exemptions on our web site at www.op.nysed.gov/surveys/mhpsw/exempt-agencies-overview.htm.
- Nominations to Regent’s Advisory Committee on Long-Term Clinical Clerkships Sought
The State Education Department and the Board of Regents are seeking nominations from highly qualified individuals who wish to serve, on a voluntary basis, as a hospital representative on the Regent’s Advisory Committee on Long-Term Clinical Clerkships. As required by the Rules of the Board of Regents, the committee includes a representative of the Department of Health, physicians experienced in the evaluation of medical education programs, representatives of international medical schools approved by the Department, representatives of medical schools registered in New York State, and representatives of hospitals that serve as sites for clinical clerkships in New York State.
The committee advises the Board of Regents regarding the standards and process in assessing applications by international medical schools for approval to place their students in long-term clinical clerkships in New York State. The committee typically meets twice a year on the fourth Friday of April and October. More information about the Rules of the Board of Regents and the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to the approval of dual-campus international medical schools seeking to place their students in long-term clinical clerkships in New York State can be found in the materials for the June 2011 meeting of the Board of Regents and the April 2012 meeting of the Board of Regents.
Nominees should send a letter of interest and CV to: IMSADVISCOMM@nysed.gov.
- Licensure of Professional Geologist
On Friday, November 21, 2014 the Governor signed Chapter 475 of the Laws of 2014 that provides for the licensure of professional geologists under Title VIII of the Education Law. The Law does not take effect until November 2016.
Under the provisions of the new law, Geology will be added to the current State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying. To implement the licensing provisions, the Board of Regents must first appoint qualified geologists to the board. The State Board will assist the Regents and the Department in developing regulations necessary to license qualified individuals in the new profession. Please check back for additional updates in the coming months.
- Information Relating to Ebola
- The New York State Department of Health has sought assistance from the New York State Education Department with its public health efforts to disseminate some information relating to Ebola. It is important for licensed health care professionals to stay informed about the current Ebola outbreaks and have access to up-to-date, reliable information as events unfold. For more information on Ebola outbreaks and infection control measures, health care professionals should visit the following websites:
The New York State Department of Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Survey of Programs and Agencies Exempt from Licensure Laws
Survey of programs and agencies exempt from licensure laws
Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2013 extended and expanded the exemption from licensure for individuals employed in programs under the oversight of certain state and local agencies. In 2013, the Education Department, in consultation with the Executive and exempt State agencies (OMH, OPWDD, OASAS, OCFS, OTDA, DOH, DOCCS and OFA), developed an online survey to collect information from programs and agencies that provide one or more of the five restricted services identified in law. The Office of the Professions (OP) compiled the results and, based on these findings, OP has now developed a supplemental survey to collect information from programs and agencies. The response to these questions will comply with the statutory requirement that the exempt agencies submit information about the number and occupational title of individuals who are not licensed as of July 1, 2014. Programs and agencies that did not submit the 2013 survey will also have the opportunity to answer those questions when completing the 2014 survey. Eligible programs can access the online survey at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/SWMHPAug2014. Please complete this survey by Monday, September 15, 2014. (8/5/14)
- Report to the Legislature Regarding Collaborative Drug Therapy Management (CDTM) Pilot Project pursuant to Chapter 21 of the laws of 2011 now available
- The law defined the parameters of practice in which pharmacists and physicians can collaborate in order to attain more effective therapeutic outcomes. CDTM was authorized within the State’s teaching hospitals. The act also requires the Department, in consultation with the Department of Health, to prepare a report to the legislature on the implementation in New York State. The required report has been transmitted to the Governor, Speaker of the Assembly, Senate President pro tem and chairs of the Senate and Assembly Higher Education Committees. (5/13/14)
- Podiatric Ankle Surgery Privileges and Wound Care
- At its February meeting the Board of Regents adopted regulations, effective February 17, 2014, to implement legislation that expanded the scope of practice of podiatry and established requirements for the issuance of podiatric ankle surgery privileges. Podiatrists holding the privileges will be authorized to perform certain procedures they had not previously been authorized to perform. Information about the podiatric ankle surgery privileges, including instructions and application forms, is now available.
The same legislation also expanded the scope of practice of all podiatrists with respect to the provision of wound care, effective February 17, 2014.
- Licensure of Behavior Analysts and Certification of Behavior Analyst Assistants
- On January 10, 2014, the Governor signed Chapter 554 of the Laws of 2014 that provides for the licensure of behavior analysts and the certification of behavior analyst assistants under Title VIII of the Education Law for certain qualified individuals who provide applied behavior analysis ("ABA") services to individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The full law does not take effect until July 1, 2014, and the Governor’s approval message notes that the Legislature has agreed to amend the law to address specific concerns.
To implement the licensing provisions, the Board of Regents must appoint an Executive Secretary and members of a new State Board for Applied Behavior Analysis. The State Board will assist the Regents and the Department in developing regulations necessary to license/certify qualified individuals in the new professions. Please check back for additional updates in the coming months. (1/23/14)
- On April 29, 2014, the Board of Regents appointed Kathleen M. Doyle, Ph.D., to the new position of Executive Secretary to the State Board for Applied Behavior Analysis, effective immediately. (5/14/14)
- Call for Nominations: The Department is actively soliciting nominations for individuals interested in an appointment as a licensed behavior analyst, certified behavior analyst assistant, psychologist or public representative of the State Board for Applied Behavior Analysis. (5/16/14)
- Application forms for individuals eligible for licensure/certification under the grandparenting provisions, information about standard licensing/certification provisions, and the
next steps in the implementation of the new licensure law
are now available. (6/3/14)
- Continuing Education for Licensed Social Workers
- Chapter 443 of the Laws of 2013 will require each licensed master social worker (LMSW) and licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) to complete 36 hours of acceptable continuing education in the triennial registration period, or one hour per month in registration periods other than 36 months, starting January 1, 2015. In order to implement the law, the Board of Regents discussed proposed regulations at their January 2014 meeting. The proposed regulations are posted on the Department’s website and will be published in the State Register on February 19, 2014 for a 45-day period of public comment. We will post updates on the Office of the Professions website throughout this process. (1/29/14)
- Photo ID Cards
- The Office of the Professions is now offering all
NYS licensed and registered professionals the opportunity
to be issued a professional
photo ID card. (December 1, 2006)
- Reports to the Board of Regents
- A series of informational
reports to the New York
State Board of Regents on emerging issues affecting the professions.
February 19, 2016