Relates to the duration of limited permits for mental health practitioners.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the duration of limited permits for metal health practitioners
This bill would extend limited permits issued by the State Education Department (SED) for mental health practitioners
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
This bill standardizes the two year timeframe for limited permits issued to all mental health practitioners and allows such limited permits, at the discretion of SED, to be renewed for a maximum of two additional one year periods.
Graduates from programs leading to a license as one of the four mental health practitioners (creative arts, marriage and family, mental health counselors and psychotherapy) must acquire post graduate experience under supervision in order to become licensed. Practice under supervision is allowed via a limited permit which is issued by the NYS Education Department. Graduates working under the permit have a "limited" amount of time to acquire the necessary supervised hours. If they are unable to secure the necessary hours within the required timeframe, they are ineligible to become licensed. Currently, many graduates seeking to be licensed as mental health practitioners are struggling to maintain full time employment that provides the required experience under a limited permit. This change to current law would standardize the two year timeframe for limited permits issued to all mental health practitioners and allow SED, under its discretion, to renew a limited permit and greatly benefit those who have been affected by the sluggish employment environment.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 4964 A. 7138 2013-2014 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y May 2, 2013 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Educa- tion IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. GLICK, BARRON, FAHY, JAFFEE, LAVINE, ROSA, LUPINACCI, RA -- read once and referred to the Committee on Higher Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the duration of limit- ed permits for metal health practitioners THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 8409 of the education law, as amended by chapter 210 of the laws of 2004, is amended to read as follows: 2. Limited permits shall be for
[one year, except that limited permits for mental health counseling shall be for]two years; such limited permits may be renewed, at the discretion of the department, for [one]UP TO TWO additional ONE year PERIODS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10181-01-3