HB2051 Creates a Board of Counselors and Therapists in lieu of the Committee for Professional Counselors and the State Committee for Marital and Family Therapists.
Sponsor: Kennedy, Harry (66) Effective Date:01/01/2002
CoSponsor: LR Number: 4557L.01I
Last Action: 03/02/2000 - Referred: Professional Registration & Licensing (H)
HB2051
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INTRODUCED

HB 2051 -- Licensure of Mental Health Professionals

Sponsor:  Kennedy

This bill revises provisions pertaining to professional
counselors and marital and family therapists.  In its main
provisions, the bill:

(1)  Creates the Board of Counselors and Therapists in the
Department of Economic Development and eliminates the Committee
for Professional Counselors and the Committee for Family and
Marital Therapists;

(2)  Creates the Board of Counselors Fund and eliminates the
Committee of Professional Counselors Fund;

(3)  Deletes the occupational categories of alcoholism
counselors, certified marital therapists or family therapists,
certified drug abuse counselors, and certified social workers
from the provisions pertaining to professional counselors;

(4)  Specifies that failure to receive a notice of renewal does
not excuse licensees from renewing their licenses;

(5)  Allows persons who possess a current unrevoked
certification or registration as a professional counselor issued
by another state or a United States territory with substantially
equivalent licensing requirements as Missouri to be eligible for
licensure in Missouri;

(6)  Requires the board to develop rules pertaining to the
characteristics for an acceptable agent for the certification of
professionals employed by accredited vocational and medical
rehabilitation facilities;

(7)  Requires the board to develop rules and regulations for the
implementation of the professional counselor provisions;

(8)  Allows a professional counselor who has undergone treatment
for past substance abuse or who has participated in a recovery
program to have their license not issued or renewed by the board
based on factors in addition to the use of any controlled
substance or alcoholic beverage;

(9)  Adds disciplinary action against a licensee and violations
of ethical standards by licensees as factors to be considered
for the non-issuance or non-renewal of a license by the board;

(10)  Requires the powers and the duties of the Committee of
Marital and Family Therapists and the Committee for Professional
Counselors and Therapists to be in effect until they are merged
into the Board of Counselors by January 1, 2002.  The powers of
the board will have the same force and effect as the former
committees;

(11)  Establishes the composition, duties, organization, and
compensation of the board;

(12)  Allows persons licensed or provisionally licensed as a
professional counselor by the committees prior to January 1,
2002, to be considered for full licensure or provisional
licensure by the board;

(13)  Requires all funds deposited in the Committee for
Professional Counselors Fund and the Marital and Family
Therapists Fund to be transferred to the Board of Counselors and
Therapists Fund, effective January 1, 2002;

(14)  Specifies the processes of creating and amending the rule--
making authority of the board;

(15)  Contains new provisions pertaining to substance abuse
counseling, licensed substance abuse counselor, and the practice
of substance abuse counseling;

(16)  Specifies the licensure process, rules, and requirements
for substance abuse counselors during the 24-month grace period
following the effective date of the bill and after August 28,
2002;

(17)  Requires the board to develop rules and regulations
pertaining to the licensure of substance abuse counselors;

(18)  Authorizes the board to refuse to issue or renew a license
for substance abuse counselors and lists the factors used in
determining the board's decision;

(19)  Specifies that violations of the provisions pertaining to
the licensure of substance abuse counselors is a class B
misdemeanor;

(20)  Allows the Division of Professional Registration, on
behalf of the board, to sue in its own name and specifies the
actions of the Attorney General when issuing specified orders;

(21)  Prohibits licensed substance abuse counselors from
disclosing confidential information obtained from persons
receiving services.  This provision contains exceptions;

(22)  Contains new provisions pertaining to marital and family
therapy, licensed marital and family therapists, and the
practice of marital and family therapy;

(23)  Specifies licensure processes, rules, and requirements for
marital and family therapists;

(24)  Requires the board to develop rules and regulations
pertaining to the licensure of marital and family therapists;

(25)  Authorizes the board to refuse to issue or renew a license
of a marital and family therapist and to list the factors used
to determine the board's decision;

(26)  Specifies that a violation of the provisions pertaining to
the licensure of marital and family therapists is a class B
misdemeanor; and

(27)  Prohibits licensed marital and family therapists from
disclosing confidential information obtained from persons
receiving services.  This provision contains exceptions.

The bill contains an effective date of January 1, 2002.


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