SB 917 Creates licensing requirements for prescribing psychologists
Sponsor: Goodman Co-Sponsor(s)
LR Number: 3629S.03I Fiscal Note: 3629-03
Committee: Financial & Governmental Organizations and Elections
Last Action: 5/16/2008 - S Informal Calendar S Bills for Perfection--SB 917-Goodman, et al Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2008

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SB 917 - This act licenses prescribing psychologists and confers the authority to prescribe certain medications and test blood and urine to monitor treatment. Licensees shall not be allowed to order electro-convulsive therapy.

As a prerequisite to licensure a licensee must:

• Complete 400 hours of didactic educational instruction.

• Complete a 1 year supervised fellowship with a full-time caseload of patients and provide medication management, psychological evaluations, and therapeutic services.

• Pass a national exam.

• Maintain medical liability insurance.

Licensees shall prescribe under a collaborative practice agreement for the first year of licensure. After the first year of licensure the licensee shall maintain a referral agreement with a physician to provide for the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.

This act is similar to HB 350 (2007), and SB 701 (2007).

CHRIS HOGERTY