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02-415
Department of Professional and Financial Regulation
Board of Examiners of Psychologists

2003-2004 Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 02-415
AGENCY NAME: Department of Professional & Financial Regulation, Office of Licensing & Registration, Board of Examiners of Psychologists

CONTACT PERSON: Geraldine L. Betts, Board Administrator, 35 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. Tel. (207) 624-8625

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 2003-2004 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY: The Board's current rules, Chapters 1 through 7, will be repealed and new rules adopted in their place. The Board expects to reorganize the structure of the rules and update all rules for compliance with laws currently in place. It is expected that the Board will review rules for consistency and to clarify terminology, to streamline the licensure requirements and the processing of applications, to revise and update examinations, continuing professional education requirements, and reporting procedures, to clarify grounds for discipline and standards of practice, and to update the code of ethics and standards of professional conduct for practitioners. Outdated or duplicative rules that may exist in rules established by the Office of Licensing and Registration as authorized by 10 MRSA §8003 will be repealed.

CHAPTER 1: Introduction.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §§3824, 3832, 3833, and 3835
PURPOSE: Establish standards for board meetings, recordkeeping, and rules.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within one year, if necessary.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 2: Definitions.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §§3824, 3832, 3833, and 3835
PURPOSE: Define and clarify terms used throughout the Board's rules.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within one year, if necessary.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 3: Licensure.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §3824
PURPOSE: This chapter outlines eligibility for licensure for psychologists and psychological examiners, application and exam procedures, types of licensure, methods for reviewing credentials, and intervention privileges for examiners.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within one year, if necessary.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 4: Standards of Practice.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §§3824, 3832, 3833, and 3835
PURPOSE: Establish a code of ethics and standards of professional conduct for psychologists and psychological examiners.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within one year, if necessary.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 5: Continuing Professional Education.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §§3824, 3832, 3833, and 3835
PURPOSE: Establish requirements for continuing professional education for license renewal. The Board may need to amend this chapter to conform to recently adopted rules by the Office of Licensing and Registration on substantiation of continuing education by licensed practitioners.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within one year, if necessary.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 6: Fee Schedule.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §§3824, 3832, 3833, and 3835
PURPOSE: The Board may repeal this rule because the Office of Licensing and Registration has established fees for the Board directly pursuant to 10 MRSA §8003(2-A)(D).
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within one year, if necessary.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 7: Enforcement, Disciplinary Procedures, and Appeals.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §§3824, 3832, 3833, and 3835
PURPOSE: Establish standards for the handling of complaints and appeals.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within one year, if necessary.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated


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