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2005-2006 Regulatory Agendas

02-514
Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure

AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 02-514 AGENCY NAME: Office of Licensing & Registration, Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure

CONTACT PERSON: Penny Vaillancourt, Board Administrator,35 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0035. Tel: (207) 624-8420

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None.

EXPECTED 2005-2006 RULEMAKING ACTIVITY:

A complete repeal and replacement of Chapters 7-10 will occur for the purpose of examining the continuing education requirements and disciplinary enforcement provisions. The board will also develop rules on the registration requirements.

CHAPTER 1: Definitions STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. §§ 13853 (2), 13853(11), 13858(8), 13861(1)(I), 13864 PURPOSE: The board may review and revise its rules to ensure clarity and conformity with the enabling statute by clarifying the terms that are used in the rules adopted by the Board and terms used in statute not defined by statute. ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2006. AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees. CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 2: Licensed Professional Counselors STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. §§ 13853 (2), 13853(11), 13858(8), 13861(1)(I), 13864 PURPOSE: The board may review and revise its rules that outline the educational requirements, examination procedure, and the supervisory requirements for licensure. ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2006. AFFECTED PARTIES: Applicants for licensure and licensees involved in supervision. CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 3: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. §§ 13853 (2), 13853(11), 13858(8), 13861(1)(I), 13864 PURPOSE: The board may review and revise its rules that outline the educational requirements, examination procedure, and the supervisory requirements for licensure. ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2006. AFFECTED PARTIES: Applicants for licensure and licensees involved in supervision. CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 4: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. §§ 13853 (2), 13853(11), 13858(8), 13861(1)(I), 13864 PURPOSE: The board may review and revise its rules that outline the educational requirements, examination procedure, and the supervisory requirements for licensure. ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2006. AFFECTED PARTIES: Applicants for licensure and licensees involved in supervision. CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 5: Licensed Pastoral Counselors STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. §§ 13853 (2) 13853(11), 13858(8), 13861(1)(I), 13864 PURPOSE: The board may review and revise its rules that outline the educational requirements, examination procedure, and the supervisory requirements for licensure. ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2006. AFFECTED PARTIES: Applicants for licensure and licensees involved in supervision. CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 6: Applications / Applicants Licensed in Another Jurisdiction STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. §§ 13853 (2), 13853(11), 13858(8), 13861(1)(I), 13864 PURPOSE: The board may examine and revise its rules regarding the general requirements to applicants trained in foreign countries, and applicants licensed in other jurisdictions. ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2006. AFFECTED PARTIES: Applicants for licensure. CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 7: Renewal of Licensure STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. §§ 13853 (2) PURPOSE: The board may review and revise its rules to outline the requirements for renewal of licensure. ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall 2005. AFFECTED PARTIES: Existing licensees. CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 8: Standards of Practice STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. §§ 13853 (2) PURPOSE: The board may review and revise its rules regarding the standards of practice, which include: (1) the Disclosure Statement, (2) the Client Bill of Rights, (3) the Code of Ethics and (4) Continuing Education. Provisions relating to “Telepractice” course offerings over the Internet may be introduced. The current two-year prohibition on dual relationships may be expanded to five years. ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall 2005. AFFECTED PARTIES: Consumers, applicants for licensure, and existing licensees. CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 9: Fees STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §13853(2) and 10 MRSA §8003(2-A)(D). PURPOSE: Repeal. (This Chapter outlines the fees charged by the board; and its content are incorporated into Chapter 10 of the rules of the Office of Licensing and Registration.) ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall 2005 AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and the Board. CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 10: Enforcement and Disciplinary Procedures STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. §13853 (2) PURPOSE: The board may review and revise its rules regarding enforcement and disciplinary procedures as follows: (1) Denial of Licensure; (2) Complaints; (3) Disciplinary Procedures; and (4) Reinstatement Following Disciplinary Action. ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall 2005. AFFECTED PARTIES: Applicants for licensure, existing licensees, and consumers. CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.