AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - PSYCHOLOGISTS
Includes licensed school psychologists under the provisions of the general laws governing the regulations of psychologists, and limits the authorization of school psychologist to practice school psychology to the school setting.
2019-02-13: Introduced, referred to Senate Education
2019-04-19: Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (04/24/2019)
2019-04-24: Committee recommended measure be held for further study
2019-06-07: Scheduled for consideration (06/12/2019)
2019-06-12: Committee recommended measure be held for further study
2019-06-14: Scheduled for consideration (06/19/2019)
2019-06-18: Proposed Substitute
2019-06-19: Committee recommends passage of Sub A
2019-06-19: Placed on Senate Calendar (06/25/2019)
2019-06-20: Placed on Senate Calendar (06/25/2019)
2019-06-25: Senate passed Sub A
2019-06-26: Referred to House Corporations
Changes since original draft
2019 – S 0267
S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2019
A N A C T
RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - PSYCHOLOGISTS
Introduced By: Senators Satchell, Metts, Goldin, Goodwin, and Gallo
Date Introduced: February 13, 2019
Referred To: Senate Education
It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Sections 5-44-1, 5-44-12, 5-44-13 and 5-44-15 of the General Laws in Chapter 5-44 entitled "Psychologists" are hereby amended to read as follows:
As used in this chapter:
(1) "Academic psychologist" means a person employed by or associated with a recognized college or university or other recognized institution who is engaged in teaching, studying, or conducting research in the science of psychology.
(2) "Board" means the board of psychology established by § 5-44-3.
(3) "Education" means the academic program pursued by a person in obtaining a doctoral degree, that program to include formal course work, seminars, and practica.
(4) "Licensed psychologist" means a person who has been licensed for the practice of psychology under this chapter. "Psychologist" as used in this chapter means a licensed psychologist as defined in this section.
(5) "Licensed school psychologist" means a school psychologist who meets the qualifications set forth in § 5-44-9.1.
(5)(6) "Practice of psychology" means the rendering of professional psychological services to individuals, groups, families, or any public or private organization for remuneration. Professional psychological services means applying established psychological principles, methods, or procedures for the purpose of preventing or eliminating symptomatic, maladaptive or undesired behavior and of enhancing interpersonal relationships, work and life adjustment, personal effectiveness, and mental health. The practice of psychology includes, but is not limited to:
(i) Diagnoses and treatment of emotional, mental or behavioral dysfunction, disorder or disability, alcoholism and substance abuse disorders of habit or conduct, as well as of the psychological aspects of physical illness, accident, injury, or disability;
(ii) Psychological testing and evaluation of intelligence, personality, abilities, interests, aptitudes, and neuropsychological functioning;
(iii) Psychoeducation evaluation, therapy, remediation and consultation; and
(iv) Counseling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, hypnotherapy, biofeedback and behavior analysis and therapy.
(6)(7) "Psychology student", "psychology trainee", "psychology intern", or "psychology resident" means a student, intern, or other person studying or preparing for the profession of psychologist under the supervision of recognized educational or training institutions or facilities.
(7)(8) "Training" means the pre-professional or professional supervised experience received by the person at the pre or post-doctoral level, that experience to have been obtained in an internship, clinic, or other similar professional setting.
(8)(9) "Department" means the Rhode Island department of health.
(9)(10) "Director" means the director of the Rhode Island department of health.
5-44-12. Application fee.
The applicant applying for licensure as a psychologist or a licensed school psychologist shall pay a fee as set forth in § 23-1-54 to the department.
5-44-13. Temporary license.
(a) Pursuant to §§ 5-44-6 and 5-44-23(e) of this chapter and rules and regulations promulgated hereunder, a temporary permit to practice psychology under supervision may be granted to a candidate for licensure who has paid the required fee as set forth in § 23-1-54 and has satisfied the following requirements:
(1) Filed an application for licensure with all required supporting materials;
(2) Has received a doctoral degree in accordance with § 5-44-10, and successfully completed one thousand five hundred (1,500) hours of supervision satisfactory to the board as specified in the rules and regulations;
(3) Shall only practice under the appropriate supervision of a licensed psychologist as delineated in the rules and regulations promulgated hereunder;
(4) Shall refrain from using the title "psychologist" or "licensed school psychologist"
LC001400 - Page 2of 14 representing himself or herself as a psychologist other than by using the title "psychology student", "psychology trainee" or "psychology intern", or "psychology resident" or "licensed school psychologist trainee"; and
(5) The temporary permit shall be valid for a period of two (2) years from the date of issuance.
(b) Temporary permit holders may request from the board a one year extension. Such an extension may be granted at the discretion of the board upon review of the applicant's circumstances. This extension shall only be granted once.
5-44-15. Expiration and renewal of licenses – Continuing education – Lapsed license.
(a) The license of every person licensed under the provisions of this chapter shall expire on the first day of July of the next even-numbered year following the issuance of his or her license.
(b) On or before the first day of May of each even-numbered year, the department shall mail an application for renewal of license to every person to whom a license has been issued or renewed during the cycle.
(c) Every licensed person who desires to renew his or her license shall file with the department a renewal application, executed, together with a renewalfee as set forth in § 23-1-54, on or before the first day of June in each even-numbered year. Upon receipt of a renewal application and payment of the renewal fee, the accuracy of the application shall be verified and the department may grant a renewal license effective July 1st and expiring the June 30th in each even-numbered year.
(d) Every licensed psychologist or licensed school psychologist who desires to continue licensure as a licensed psychologist or licensed school psychologist shall present satisfactory evidence to the board and approved by rule or regulation of the board that the licensed psychologist or licensed school psychologist has completed a prescribed course of continuing licensed psychological or licensed school psychologist education.
(e) Any person who allows his or her license to lapse, by failing to renew it on or before June 1st in each even-numbered year, as provided in this section, may be reinstated by the department on payment of the current renewalfee, plus an additionalfee as set forth in § 23-1-54. Any person using the title "psychologist" or offering services defined as the practice of psychology under this chapter during the time his or her license has lapsed is subject to the penalties provided for violation of this chapter.
SECTION 2. Section 23-1-54 of the General Laws in Chapter 23-1 entitled "Department
LC001400 - Page 3of 14 of Health" is hereby amended to read as follows:
23-1-54. Fees payable to the department of health.
Fees payable to the department shallbe as follows: PROFESSION RIGL Section Description of Fee FEE Barbers/hairdressers 5-10-10(a) Renewalapplication $25.00 Barbers/hairdressers 5-10-10(a) Renewalapplication: Manicuring Instructors and manicurists $25.00 Barbers/hairdressers 5-10-10(b) Minimum late renewalfee $25.00 Barbers/hairdressers 5-10-10(b) Maximum late renewalfee $100.00 Barbers/hairdressers 5-10-11[c] Application fee $25.00 Barbers/hairdressers 5-10-11[c] Application fee:manicuring
Cannot be found $20.00 Vital records 23-3-25(a)(1) Each duplicate of certificate of
birth, fetaldeath, death,
marriage, Birth, or certification
that such record cannot be found $15.00 Vital records 23-3-25(a)(2) Each additional calendar year
Search, if within 3 months of
original search and if receipt of
originalsearch presented $2.00 Vital records 23-3-25(a)(3) Expedited service $7.00 Vital records 23-3-25(a)(4) Adoptions, legitimations, or
Paternity determinations $15.00 Vital records 23-3-25(a)(5) Authorized corrections,
Alterations, and additions $10.00 Vital records 23-3-25(a)(6) Filing of delayed record and
Examination of documentary Proof $20.00 Vital records 23-3-25(a)(6) Issuance of certified copy of a
delayed record $20.00 Medical Examiner 23-4-13 Autopsy reports $40.00 Medical Examiner 23-4-13 Cremation certificates and statistics$30.00 Medical Examiner 23-4-13 Testimony in civil suits:
Minimum/day $650.00 Medical Examiner 23-4-13 Testimony in civil suits:
Maximum/day $3,250.00 Emergency medical technicians 23-4.1-10[c] Annual fee:ambulance
Service maximum $540.00 Emergency medical technicians 23-4.1-10[c] Annual fee:vehicle license
maximum $275.00 Emergency medical technicians 23-4.1-10[c] Triennial fee:EMT license
maximum $120.00 Emergency medical technicians 23-4.1-10(c)(2) Exam fee maximum:EMT $120.00 Emergency medical technicians 23-4.1-10(c)(2) Vehicle inspection maximum $190.00 Clinical laboratories 23-16.2-4(a) Clinical laboratory license per
specialty $650.00 Clinical laboratories 23-16.2-4(a) Laboratory station license $650.00 Clinical laboratories 23-16.2-4(b) Permit fee $70.00 Health care facilities 23-17-38 Hospital:base fee annual $16,900.00 Health care facilities 23-17-38 Hospital:annualper bed fee $120.00 Health care facilities 23-17-38 ESRD:annualfee $3,900.00 Health care facilities 23-17-38 Home nursing care/home
Care providers $650.00 Health care facilities 23-17-38 OACF:annualfee $650.00 Assisted living residences/ administrators 23-17.4-15.2(d) License application fee: $220.00 Assisted living residences/ administrators 23-17.4-15.2(d) License renewalfee: $220.00 Assisted living residences 23-17.4-31 Annualfacility fee:base $330.00 Assisted living residences 23-17.4-31 Annualfacility per bed $70.00 Nursing assistant registration23-17.9-3 Application: competency
first pool $150.00 Swimming pools 23-22-6 Seasonaladditional pool fee at
same location $75.00 Swimming pools 23-22-6 Year-round license for non-profit $25.00 Swimming pools 23-22-10 Duplicate license $2.00 Swimming pools 23-22-12 Penalty for violations $50.00 Respiratory care practitioners23-39-11 Application fee $60.00 Respiratory care practitioners23-39-11 Renewalfee $60.00
SECTION 3. Chapter 5-44 of the General Laws entitled "Psychologists" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
5-44-9.1. Qualifications for licensed school psychologist.
An applicant for licensure shall submit to the board written evidence on forms furnished by the professional regulation unit of the department of labor and training verified under oath, that said applicant:
(1) Is of good moral character;
(2) Has obtained an advanced graduate degree in school psychology from a regionally accredited college or university whose school psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and/or the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and requires at least sixty (60) graduate credits with one thousand two hundred (1,200) hours of supervised school psychology experience.
(3) Has two (2) years or two thousand four hundred (2,400) hours of postgraduate supervised experience as a schoolpsychologist.
(4) Has passed the Educational Testing Service's School Psychology Examination as determined by the National School Psychology Certification Board.
(5) Has obtained credentials as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist by the National Association of School Psychologists.
(6) Has satisfied either subsections (1), (2), (3), and (4) or (1) and (5) of this section.
SECTION 4. This act shalltake effect upon passage. ======== LC001400 ========
BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
A N A C T
RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - PSYCHOLOGISTS
This act would include licensed school psychologists under the provisions of the general laws governing the regulations of psychologists.
This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001400 ========
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