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Mental Health Practice Act

Concerning the practice of mental health professionals, and, in connection therewith, clarifying education and hours of practice required for licensure or certification as an addiction counselor; and establishing supervision privileges for certified and licensed addiction counselors.
2021 Regular Session
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

The act:

  • Specifies title use restrictions for certified addiction specialists, certified addiction technicians, and addiction counselor candidates;
  • Establishes clinical supervision privileges for licensed and certified addiction counselors to provide supervision of persons working toward certification or licensure; and
  • Clarifies the education and hours of practice required to be certified or licensed as an addiction counselor and the scope of practice of licensed addiction counselors.
  • Expands the practice of a certified addiction technician and requires the state board of human services to promulgate rules that include education requirements for certified addiction technicians, certified addiction specialists, and licensed addiction counselors.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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