LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House Bill (HB) 1134. "Concerning scope of practice for certified counselors and advisers."

02 Mar 2015 8:03 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House Bill (HB) 1134. "Concerning scope of practice for certified counselors and advisers."

You can follow HB 1134 by clicking HERE.  Read the proposed original bill, watch video of the public hearing, and let us know if you have any questions.

The Washington Professional Counselors Association (WAPROCA) greatly appreciates the support of Representatives Jim Moeller (D-49th) and Paul Harris (R-17th), Jim Morishima, Counsel, and Martin Mueller, Assistant Secretary - Health Systems Quality Assurance.  You may reach House Health Care & Wellness Committee Members by clicking HERE.  Please let them know that you also appreciate their support.

Brief Summary of BillŸŸ

  • Replaces references to the previous version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders with generic language about mental, emotional, or behavioral problems.

  • Replaces the specific list of professionals to or from whom a certified adviser or certified counselor may give or accept referrals with a list of professionals defined by the Secretary of Health in rule.
  • Specifically prohibits a person from practicing as a certified adviser or certified counselor unless he or she is certified a certified adviser or certified counselor.

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