Report to the Legislature and Executive Pursuant to Chapters 130 and 132 of the Laws of 2010

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/surveys/mhpsw/exempt-agencies-overview.htm) 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 was shared with the exempt agencies, Legislature and Executive and posted on the OP website for public comments. The Department made minor changes to the report and provided it to the Commissioners of the exempt agencies, and we have included their responses in the report. The final 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. Links to the final report and its appendices are listed below.

OP appreciates the assistance of the exempt agencies, State Boards for the Professions, and other stakeholders who provided thoughtful comments in the preparation of the report.

Click http://www.op.nysed.gov/surveys/mhpsw/exempt-agencyrpts.htm to review the agency reports.*

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Last Updated: April 9, 2014