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SF 2596

2nd Engrossment - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 03/24/2010 05:49pm

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A bill for an act
relating to health occupations; modifying a mental health substance abuse
review provision; modifying licensure requirements for psychologists; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 148.90, subdivision 1; 148.909; 148.915;
148.916, subdivision 1, by adding a subdivision; Minnesota Statutes 2009
Supplement, section 62M.09, subdivision 3a.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2009 Supplement, section 62M.09, subdivision 3a,
is amended to read:


Subd. 3a.

Mental health and substance abuse reviews.

(a) A peer of the treating
mental health or substance abuse providernew text begin, a doctoral-level psychologist,new text end or a physician
must review requests for outpatient services in which the utilization review organization
has concluded that a determination not to certify a mental health or substance abuse
service for clinical reasons is appropriate, provided that any final determination not to
certify treatment is made by a psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry
and Neurology and appropriately licensed in this state or by a doctoral-level psychologist
licensed in this state deleted text beginif the treating provider is a psychologistdeleted text end.

(b) new text beginNotwithstanding paragraph (a), a doctoral-level psychologist shall not review
any request or final determination not to certify a mental health or substance abuse service
or treatment if the treating provider is a psychiatrist.
new text end

new text begin (c) new text endNotwithstanding the notification requirements of section 62M.05, a utilization
review organization that has made an initial decision to certify in accordance with the
requirements of section 62M.05 may elect to provide notification of a determination to
continue coverage through facsimile or mail.

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (d)new text end This subdivision does not apply to determinations made in connection with
policies issued by a health plan company that is assessed less than three percent of the
total amount assessed by the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 148.90, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Board of Psychology.

(a) The Board of Psychology is created with
the powers and duties described in this section. The board has 11 members who consist of:

(1) three individuals licensed as licensed psychologists who have doctoral degrees
in psychology;

(2) two individuals licensed as licensed psychologists who have master's degrees
in psychology;

(3) two psychologists, not necessarily licensed, one with a doctoral degree in
psychology deleted text beginwho represents a doctoraldeleted text endnew text begin and one with either a doctoral or master's degree in
psychology representing different
new text end training deleted text beginprogramdeleted text endnew text begin programsnew text end in psychologydeleted text begin, and one who
represents a master's degree training program in psychology
deleted text end;

(4) one individual licensed or qualified to be licensed as: (i) through December 31,
2010, a licensed psychological practitioner; and (ii) after December 31, 2010, a licensed
psychologist; and

(5) three public members.

(b) After the date on which fewer than 30 percent of the individuals licensed by the
board as licensed psychologists qualify for licensure under section 148.907, subdivision
3
, paragraph (b), vacancies filled under paragraph (a), clause (2), shall be filled by an
individual with either a master's or doctoral degree in psychology licensed or qualified
to be licensed as a licensed psychologist.

(c) After the date on which fewer than 15 percent of the individuals licensed by the
board as licensed psychologists qualify for licensure under section 148.907, subdivision 3,
paragraph (b), vacancies under paragraph (a), clause (2), shall be filled by an individual
with either a master's or doctoral degree in psychology licensed or qualified to be licensed
as a licensed psychologist.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 148.909, is amended to read:


148.909 LICENSURE FOR VOLUNTEER PRACTICE.

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Application. new text end

new text beginRetired providers who are or were licensed, certified,
or registered to practice psychology in any jurisdiction may apply to
new text endthe boarddeleted text begin, at
its discretion, may grant
deleted text endnew text begin fornew text end licensure deleted text beginfor volunteerdeleted text endnew text begin tonew text end practice deleted text beginto an applicant who:deleted text endnew text begin
psychology as a licensed psychologist-volunteer provided the applicant meets the
following requirements and the requirements in subdivision 2:
new text end

(1) deleted text beginis completely retired from the practice of psychologydeleted text endnew text begin submits to the board a
notarized application for licensure as a licensed psychologist-volunteer
new text end;

(2) deleted text beginhas no unresolved disciplinary action or complaints pending in the state of
Minnesota or any other jurisdiction
deleted text endnew text begin is of good moral character and has no complaints or
corrective or disciplinary action pending in any jurisdiction
new text end; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(3) deleted text beginhas held a license, certificate, or registration to practice psychology in any
jurisdiction
deleted text endnew text begin if not currently licensed by the board, passes the most recent version of the
professional responsibility examination administered by the board and pays the fee
associated with sitting for the examination; and
new text end

new text begin (4) pays the nonrefundable fee for licensure established in subdivision 8new text end.

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Education requirements. new text end

new text begin An applicant who was formerly licensed by the
board must meet the education, training, and experience requirements that were in place at
the time of the original license. An applicant who was not formerly licensed by the board
must meet the current requirements for licensure.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Pro bono service. new text end

new text begin A provider licensed under this section shall only provide
psychological services on a pro bono basis and shall not receive a commission, rebate, or
remuneration, directly or indirectly, except that a provider may accept reimbursement for
reasonable expenses incurred due to the provision of volunteer psychological services.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Documentation of status. new text end

new text begin A provider licensed under this section shall
receive a license documenting that they are licensed for volunteer practice.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Designation of license. new text end

new text begin In addition to the descriptions allowed in section
148.96, providers granted licensure under this section shall use the designation "LP-V" to
designated licensed psychologist-volunteer.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Return to previous licensure status. new text end

new text begin Providers licensed under this section
who request to return to their previous licensure status may do so upon submission of a
written application provided by the board and payment of the applicable licensure fee.
Providers may not concurrently hold a license as a licensed psychologist and a license as a
licensed psychologist-volunteer.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Continuing education requirements. new text end

new text begin A provider licensed under this
section is subject to the same continuing education requirements as a licensed psychologist
under section 148.911.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Fees. new text end

new text begin The fee for licensure as a licensed psychologist-volunteer shall be 50
percent of the fee for licensure as a licensed psychologist. A provider licensed under this
section shall not be subject to special board fees.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Violation. new text end

new text begin A provider licensed under this section is subject to all of the
provisions in the Minnesota Psychology Practice Act, violation of which is grounds for
disciplinary action in accordance with section 148.941.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 148.915, is amended to read:


148.915 RECIPROCITY.

new text begin (a) new text endThe board may grant a license to deleted text begina diplomate of the American Board of
Professional Psychology or to any person who at the time of application is licensed,
certified, or registered to practice psychology by a board of another state and who
meets the licensure requirements under section 148.907, subdivision 2. The board, at
its discretion, may elect not to require the examination in psychology under section
148.907, subdivision 2, clause (1), if the person was licensed in another state before
the examination was required for licensure in that state. An applicant seeking licensure
under this section shall pass a professional responsibility examination on the practice
of psychology and any other examinations as required by the board.
deleted text endnew text begin an applicant who
meets the following requirements:
new text end

new text begin (1) submits to the board a notarized application for licensure as a licensed
psychologist by reciprocity;
new text end

new text begin (2) at the time of application, is licensed, certified, or registered to practice
psychology in another state or jurisdiction, and has been for at least five consecutive years
immediately preceding the date of application;
new text end

new text begin (3) has a doctoral degree in psychology, which formed the basis for current licensure
in another state or jurisdiction;
new text end

new text begin (4) is of good moral character and has no pending complaints or active disciplinary
or corrective actions in any jurisdiction; and
new text end

new text begin (5) passes the Professional Responsibility Examination administered by the board
and pays the fee associated with sitting for the examination.
new text end

new text begin (b) If by the laws of any state or the rulings or decisions of the appropriate officers or
boards thereof, any burden, obligation, requirement, disqualification, or disability is put
upon licensed psychologists licensed and in good standing in this state, affecting the right
of these licensed psychologists to be registered or licensed in that state, then the same or
like burden, obligation, requirement, disqualification, or disability may be put upon the
licensure in this state of licensed psychologists licensed in that state.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 148.916, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Generally.

If a nonresident of the state of Minnesota, who is not
seeking licensure in this state, and who has been issued a license, certificate, or registration
by another jurisdiction to practice psychology at the doctoral level, wishes to practice in
Minnesota for more than seven calendar days, the person shall apply to the board for guest
licensure, provided that the psychologist's practice in Minnesota is limited to no more than
deleted text begin 30 daysdeleted text endnew text begin nine consecutive monthsnew text end per calendar year. Application under this section shall be
made no less than 30 days prior to the expected date of practice in Minnesota and shall be
subject to approval by the board or its designee. The board shall charge a nonrefundable
fee for guest licensure. The board shall adopt rules to implement this section.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 148.916, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 1a. new text end

new text begin Applicants for licensure. new text end

new text begin (a) An applicant who is seeking licensure in
this state, and who, at the time of application, is licensed, certified, or registered to practice
psychology in another jurisdiction at the doctoral level may apply to the board for guest
licensure in order to begin practicing psychology in this state while their application
is being processed if the applicant is of good moral character and has no complaints,
corrective, or disciplinary action pending in any jurisdiction. Application under this
section shall be made no less than 30 days prior to the expected date of practice in this
state, and must be made concurrently or after submission of an application for licensure
as a licensed psychologist. Applications under this section are subject to approval by
the board or its designee.
new text end

new text begin (b) The board shall charge a nonrefundable fee for guest licensure under this
subdivision.
new text end

new text begin (c) A guest license issued under this subdivision shall be valid for one year from the
date of issuance, or until the board has either issued a license or has denied the applicant's
application for licensure, whichever is earlier. Guest licenses issued under this section may
be renewed annually until the board has denied the applicant's application for licensure.
new text end