Today the Ohio House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to make changes to the licensing and renewal process for psychologists, as well as the investigation and disciplinary processes for when laws or rules governing the practice are violated.

House Bill 496, sponsored by State Representatives Bob Hackett (R-London) and Nancy Garland (D-New Albany), modifies both the application and examination requirements for licenses issued by the State Board of Psychology, including who may be exempted from licensure. It also creates a retired license status for those who have retired from practicing psychology or school psychology.

“Ohio’s psychology law has not been comprehensively updated since its enactment in 1972. Although there have been several piecemeal amendments since 1972, the profession of psychology and its regulation have changed substantially over the past 40 years and important updates were needed,” Representative Hackett said. “The public, applicants, licensees and the Board all stand to benefit if Ohio’s psychology law is updated to respond to changes in the profession and its regulation over the last 40 years, which this legislation does.”

The bill contains new reasons that an applicant or license holder might be subject to disciplinary action and allows the Board of Psychology to limit or restrict the areas that someone can practice. The board can require that the person submit to mental, substance abuse or physical evaluations, as well as complete remedial education or training.

House Bill 496 will now move to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.


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