News & Updates

  • 25 Feb 2013 12:15 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    (from the Dept. of Health notification)

    Renew Online -- http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/Renewals.htm


    You will not be able to renew online if:

    • Your credential has already expired.
    • You are currently in any other status such as military, inactive, or retired.
    • You want to change your status from active to military, inactive, or retired.
    • You have an address change.
    • You have a name change.

    Please contact our Customer Service Office at 360.236.4700 for assistance.


    Is your contact information current?


    We must have your current mailing address in our system for you to renew online. We mail your updated credential to the address on file. The United States Postal Service will not send your credential to a forwarding address.


    If your contact information is not current in our system, please complete and submit the
    address change form. Please include a valid email address. Contact us prior to online renewal to make sure your contact information has been updated.

    NOTE:  There is a $2.00 convenience fee.

  • 19 Dec 2012 2:21 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    From the WA State Dept. of Health: 

    Listed below are all the professions available for online renewal.  The newly added ones are highlighted in yellow.  They are:


    Animal Massage for Large Animals

    Animal Massage for Small Animals

    Athletic Trainer

    Chemical Dependency Professional Certification

    Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee Certification

    Chiropractic X-Ray Technician

    Chiropractor

    Counselor-Agency Affiliated

    Dental Assistant

    Dental Hygiene

    Dental Hygiene Renewable Limited

    Dentist

    Dentist Faculty UW

    Dentist General Anesthesia

    Dentist Moderate Sedation

    Dentist Moderate Sedation with Parenteral Agents

    Dentist Resident Community

    Dentist Resident Postdoctoral

    Denturist

    Dietician

    Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary

    Genetic Counselor License

    Home Care Aide

    Hypnotherapist

    Licensed Practical Nurse

    Marriage and Family Therapist Associate License

    Marriage and Family Therapist License

    Mental Health Counselor Associate License

    Mental Health Counselor License

    Naturopathic Physician

    Nursing Assistant Certification

    Nursing Assistant Registration

    Nutritionist

    Occupational Therapist

    Occupational Therapy Assistant

    Osteopathic Physician Assistant

    Osteopathic Physician & Surgeon

    Osteopathic Physician & Surgeon Limited

    Pharmacist

    Pharmacy Technicians

    Physician and Surgeon

    Physician Assistant

    Podiatric Physician and Surgeon

    Podiatric Physician and Surgeon Limited

    Radiologist Assistant

    Radiologic Technologist Certification

    Recreational Therapist 

    Registered Nurse

    Respiratory Care Practitioner

    Sex Offender Treatment Provider Affiliate Certification

    Sex Offender Treatment Provider Certification

    Social Worker Advanced License

    Social Worker Associate Advanced License

    Social Worker Associate Independent Clinical

    Social Worker Independent Clinical License

    Speech Language Pathologist

    Speech Language Pathology Assistant

    Surgical Technologists

    We will roll out implementation of online renewals in multiple phases. As this list is changing monthly, please check back.  If your profession is currently not on the list, please do not wait to renew as this may result in your credential expiring.

    Updated:  We have implemented a $2 convenience fee

    Renew Online -- http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/Renewals.htm

    You will not be able to renew online if:

    • Your credential has already expired.
    • You are currently in any other status such as military, inactive, or retired.
    • You want to change your status from active to military, inactive, or retired.
    • You have an address change.
    • You have a name change.

    Please contact our Customer Service Office at 360.236.4700 for assistance.

    Is your contact information current?

    We must have your current mailing address in our system for you to renew online. We mail your updated credential to the address on file. The United States Postal Service will not send your credential to a forwarding address.

    If your contact information is not current in our system, please complete and submit the address change form. Please include a valid email address. Contact us  prior to online renewal to make sure your contact information has been updated.

  • 16 Dec 2012 2:12 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Our hearts and thoughts go out to the Newtown, CT community.

    If you or a client are struggling with distress from that tragic event, please know that there is help. Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 at any time or visit http://www.samhsa.gov/trauma/ for additional links and valuable resources for everyone -- including mental health professionals, teachers, parents, friends, and family.

  • 12 Sep 2012 12:38 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    The rule-writing workshop, on Monday, 9/10/12, was a great collaborative effort and discussion between WAPROCA and the WA State Dept. of Health. The workshop was held at the Department of Health, in Tumwater, WA.  Betty Moe (DOH), BillieJo Dale (DOH), Tim Livingston (WAPROCA), and Amanda, an Assn't Attorney General for the department, were those in attendance. 

    The workshop was focused on the new legislation on suicide assessment, treatment, and management. ESHB 2366 (Engrossed Substitute House Bill) was passed earlier this year, and will go into effect on January 1, 2014. More information to come on the progress of these draft rules, training required for Certified Counselors and Certified Advisers, and a WAPROCA Q&A session scheduled for this fall.

    ESHB 2366 may be found by clicking here:  Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2366

  • 16 Aug 2012 9:00 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    WAPROCA General Meetings via Conference Call will resume quarterly, for updates and Q&A. Watch for the upcoming announcement and dates. A lot is going on in WA State for Certified Counselors and Certified Advisers, and we look forward to sharing the news and connecting with you.
  • 21 May 2012 2:49 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    On May 16, 2012 the WA State Dept. of Health released six additional professions for online renewal. 


    They are:

    • Athletic Trainer
    • Dental Assistant
    • Dental Hygiene
    • Dental Hygiene Renewable Limited
    • Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary
    • Recreational Therapist

    They join Agency Affiliated Counselors, Animal Massage – Small, Animal Massage – Large, Dietitians, Hypnotherapists, Naturopathic Physicians, Nutritionists, Pharmacy Technicians, Surgical Technologists and Social Worker Associate Independent Clinical.

    Renew online here:  http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/RenewalsOnline.htm

    You will not be able to renew online if:

    • Your credential has already expired.
    • You are currently in any other status such as military, inactive, or retired.
    • You want to change your status from active to military, inactive, or retired.
    • You have an address change.
    • You have a name change.

    If your contact information is not current in the departments system, please complete and submit the address change form. Please include a valid email address. Contact the Department of Health prior to online renewal to make sure your contact information has been updated.

     

    Please contact the Customer Service Office at 360.236.4700 for assistance.

  • 29 Feb 2012 3:36 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    In this video, meet Jennifer Stuber and Sue Eastgard, who have helped bring proposed legislation forward on Suicide Prevention Training and continuing education for certain health care and mental health service providers in WA State.

    Click here to see video on King5.com

    Jennifer's husband, Matt, took his own life a year ago this month. It has been a pleasure to work with them both, on the work group formed to discuss and recommend this critical focus to save lives.

    Representative Tina Orwall, from the 33rd Legislative District, has been our driving and collaborative force toward this new legislation. WAPROCA is active in the work group and a strong supporter of this proposed legislation.

    WAPROCA will be offering specific training for Certified Counselors and Certified Advisers on this important topic, focused within current scope of practice guidelines.

  • 11 Feb 2012 1:54 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    On December 16, 2011, the Department of Health began implementing online renewals using a phased approach. Over the course of the next 17 months they will roll out additional professions for online renewal. The renewals Web page will display the updated list of professions able to renew online. A small convenience charge to cover costs may apply.

    Click this link to read more...
    http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/RenewalsOnline.htm

    Please note that currently, only the following four professions may renew online during the first phase of the project:

    1. Surgical Technologists
    2. Pharmacy Technicians
    3. Naturopathic Physicians
    4. Licensed Social Work Associate - Independent Clinical

    Credential holders will not be able to renew online if:

    • Their credential has already expired.
    • They are currently in any other status such as military, inactive, or retired.
    • They want to change status from active to military, inactive, or retired.
    • They have an address change. Please see information below to update your address.
    • They have a name change.  Please contact our Customer Service staff at 360.236.4700 for information.

     

  • 10 Feb 2012 3:43 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    SHB 2366 (Suicide Prevention Training) has passed the House with strong support.  92 to 5. The bill is now headed to the Senate. WAPROCA is a strong supporter of this new legislation!

    Thank you for your feedback!

  • 11 Jan 2012 6:16 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Join us tomorrow, January 12, 2012 @ 6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M., for an important General Meeting to discuss the proposed legislation for continuing education on Suicide Prevention. This bill requires certain mental health professionals to complete training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management prior to initial licensure/certification and on an ongoing basis thereafter. This includes all Certified Counselors and Certified Advisers.

     

    WAPROCA has a voice in this Work Group, attending two recent Stakeholder meetings and a public hearing - this past Monday, January 9th, in Olympia. Let us hear from you!

     

    Click here to read the proposed legislation.

    We hold General Meetings on the second Thursday of each month - excluding July, August, and December. Our next General Meeting via Conference Call is tomorrow:

     January 12, 2012 (Thursday)

    6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

    For conference call information, please send an email to: meeting@waproca.org  You will receive an immediate and automated response with additional details to join the call.

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