News & Updates

  • 06 Jun 2020 4:11 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)


    License expiration date extensions - COVID-19

    The Secretary of Health has extended health profession license expiration dates for licenses up for renewal between April 1 and September 30, 2020.

    This extension will allow health professionals to focus on patient care and promote continued patient safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. Because renewal payment won’t be required until September 30, 2020, it will also reduce the economic burden on those providers not able to work during this emergency.

    Washington law allows the Secretary of Health to grant an administrative modification for the duration of any license, certification, or registration period to address unusual circumstances. Governor’s Proclamation 20-32 (PDF) provides authority for the action without agency rule making. More information is available on our License Expiration Extension FAQ webpage.

  • 02 Oct 2019 1:37 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health is announcing a new smartphone app to help teens and young adults quit vaping. Developed collaboratively with 2Morrow Inc., the app is available for free to Washingtonians at and is accessible via smartphone, tablet, laptop and desktop computer.

    “This app is a promising resource to help tackle the youth vaping epidemic in our state,” said Dr. Kathy Lofy, state health officer. “By making tools to quit accessible via smartphone and computer, our hope is that more young people feel empowered to quit vaping.”…/2019…/19107TeenVapingAppNewsRelease

  • 27 Sep 2019 1:42 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    WA State Dept of Health website to links, resources, and contact information on Suicide Prevention.

    Additional information and resources being posted soon for WAPROCA Members in the 'Members Only' section of our website.

  • 29 Mar 2019 1:53 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    WAC 246-810-029(3) has been updated to increase distance learning programs from 12-hours to 20-hours maximum per reporting period.  This update respects the improved online coursework and distance education that has become available over the past few years.

    The full WAC is here:

    Acceptable continuing education courses for certified counselor and certified adviser.

    (1) A continuing education program or course must be relevant to counseling and must contribute to the advancement, extension and enhancement of the professional competence of the credential holder. Relevant courses include those that are related to counseling theory and practice, modality(ies) of the counseling services the credential holder will provide, professional ethics, courses related to risk assessment, screening using the global assessment of functioning scale, referral of clients, and Washington state law applicable to counseling.

    (2) Continuing education courses, seminars, workshops, training programs, and institutes must have a featured instructor, speaker(s), or panel approved by an industry-recognized institution of higher learning, or a local, state, national, or international organization.

    (3) Distance learning programs approved by an industry-recognized local, state, national or international organization or educational organization may meet these requirements. The programs must require a test of comprehension upon completion. Distance learning programs are limited to twenty hours per reporting period.

    (4) Other learning experiences, such as serving on a panel, board or council, community service, research, peer consultation, or publishing articles for professional publications are acceptable if the experience contributes to the advancement, extension, and enhancement of the professional competence of the certified counselor or certified adviser. The experience is limited to six hours per reporting period.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 18.19.050. WSR 19-05-020, § 246-810-029, filed 2/11/19, effective 3/14/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.19.050 and chapter 18.19 RCW. WSR 09-15-041, § 246-810-029, filed 7/8/09, effective 7/8/09.]

  • 03 Feb 2019 8:25 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    The Certified Counselors and Hypnotherapists Advisory Committee is recruiting.

    Three public members, and two upcoming roles in 2019.

    The advisory committee consists of seven members. There are two certified counselors or certified advisers, two hypnotherapists and three public members who must be consumers and represent the public at large and may not hold any mental health provider credential per RCW 18.19.220

    For additional information CLICK HERE

  • 03 Sep 2018 1:56 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Current rules in progress:

    CR-102 (WSR 18-16-079 (PDF)

    WAC 246-810-029(3) Acceptable continuing education courses for a certified counselor or certified adviser, the department of health is proposing rule language that will increase the amount of allowable distance learning programs from 12 hours to up to 20 hours per reporting period.

    Hearing Location(s): On September 12, 2018, at 9:30 a.m., at the Department of Health (DOH), Town Center 2, Room 145, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501.

  • 04 Aug 2018 11:42 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    The next Exam Prep Course will be Saturday, September 22, 2018. Sign-up on our website will be posted soon, at

    Law & Ethics-I & II, Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF), and others for the remainder of 2018 coming soon!

  • 10 Jan 2018 12:34 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    WA STATE DEPT OF HEALTH: To better facilitate strategic thinking about improving health in Washington, the Department of Health has drafted a comprehensive assessment of health in our state, working with partners in local and tribal health, healthcare delivery, and the public health community. We view this document as a key resource for public health to function as a Chief Health Strategist—that is, to provide data and identify key health i...ssues, to convene leaders across multiple sectors, and to strategize with leaders on prevention efforts, policy development, and communication to promote the health of Washingtonians.

    Click below for more information, and to participate in the survey.

  • 01 Jan 2018 10:12 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Happy New Year! Best wishes and good health to you throughout the New Year!

  • 01 Jan 2018 10:12 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Happy New Year! Best wishes and good health to you throughout the New Year!

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