SB 0535 Requires specified training for professional counselors wishing to diagnose mental and emotional disorders
LR Number:1706S.01I Fiscal Note:1706-01
Committee:Financial and Governmental Organization, Veterans' Affairs & Elections
Last Action:03/31/03 - Hearing Conducted S Financial & Governmental Org., Journal page:
Veterans' Affairs & Elections Committee
Effective Date:August 28, 2003
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Current Bill Summary

SB 535 - This act requires licensed professional counselors who wish to diagnose persons with mental and emotional disorders to complete certain graduate education in the diagnosis of persons with mental and emotional disorders. This requirement shall apply to initial licensees beginning August 28, 2005 and current licensees beginning August 28, 2006.

The act creates new definitions for "assessment", "consulting", "the practice of professional counseling", "professional counseling", "referral", and "research".

The Committee for Professional Counselors may establish continuing education requirements necessary for licensees to maintain their licenses.