Education Law

Article 163, Mental Health Practitioners

Effective June 18, 2010

§8400. Introduction. | §8401. Definitions. | §8402. Mental health counseling. | §8403. Marriage and family therapy. | §8404. Creative arts therapy. | §8405. Psychoanalysis. | §8406. State board for mental health practitioners. | §8407. Boundaries of professional competency. | §8408. Hospital privileges. | §8409. Limited permits. | §8410. Exemptions. | §8411. Special provisions. | §8412. Mandatory continuing education. | Note: Sunset provision for individuals employed by certain programs

§8400. Introduction.

This article applies to the professions of mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, creative arts therapy, and psychoanalysis and provides for the licensing of such practitioners. The general provisions for all professions contained in article one hundred thirty of this title apply to this article.


§8401. Definitions.

For purposes of this article, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

  1. "Board" means the state board for mental health practitioners authorized by section eighty-four hundred six of this article.
  2. "Psychotherapy" means the treatment of mental, nervous, emotional, behavioral and addictive disorders, and ailments by the use of both verbal and behavioral methods of intervention in interpersonal relationships with the intent of assisting the persons to modify attitudes, thinking, affect, and behavior which are intellectually, socially and emotionally maladaptive.

§8402. Mental health counseling.

  1. Definition of the practice of mental health counseling. The practice of the profession of mental health counseling is defined as:
    1. the evaluation, assessment, amelioration, treatment, modification, or adjustment to a disability, problem, or disorder of behavior, character, development, emotion, personality or relationships by the use of verbal or behavioral methods with individuals, couples, families or groups in private practice, group, or organized settings; and
    2. the use of assessment instruments and mental health counseling and psychotherapy to identify, evaluate and treat dysfunctions and disorders for purposes of providing appropriate mental health counseling services.
  2. Practice of mental health counseling and use of the titles "mental health counselor" and "licensed mental health counselor". Only a person licensed or exempt under this article shall practice mental health counseling or use the title "mental health counselor". Only a person licensed under this article shall use the title "licensed mental health counselor" or any other designation tending to imply that the person is licensed to practice mental health counseling.
  3. Requirements for a professional license. To qualify for a license as a "licensed mental health counselor", an applicant shall fulfill the following requirements:
    1. Application: File an application with the department;
    2. Education: Have received an education, including a master's or higher degree in counseling from a program registered by the department or determined by the department to be the substantial equivalent thereof, in accordance with the commissioner's regulations. The graduate coursework shall include, but not be limited to, the following areas:
      1. human growth and development;
      2. social and cultural foundations of counseling;
      3. counseling theory and practice and psychopathology;
      4. group dynamics;
      5. lifestyle and career development;
      6. assessment and appraisal of individuals, couples and families and groups;
      7. research and program evaluation;
      8. professional orientation and ethics;
      9. foundations of mental health counseling and consultation;
      10. clinical instruction; and
      11. completion of a minimum one year supervised internship or practicum in mental health counseling;
    3. Experience: An applicant shall complete a minimum of three thousand hours of post-master's supervised experience relevant to the practice of mental health counseling satisfactory to the board and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations. Satisfactory experience obtained in an entity operating under a waiver issued by the department pursuant to section sixty-five hundred three-a of this title may be accepted by the department, notwithstanding that such experience may have been obtained prior to the effective date of such section sixty-five hundred three-a and/or prior to the entity having obtained a waiver. The department may, for good cause shown, accept satisfactory experience that was obtained in a setting that would have been eligible for a waiver but which has not obtained a waiver from the department or experience that was obtained in good faith by the applicant under the belief that appropriate authorization had been obtained for the experience, provided that such experience meets all other requirements for acceptable experience;
    4. Examination: Pass an examination satisfactory to the board and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations;
    5. Age: Be at least twenty-one years of age;
    6. Character: Be of good moral character as determined by the department; and
    7. Fees: Pay a fee of one hundred seventy-five dollars for an initial license and a fee of one hundred seventy dollars for each triennial registration period.

§8403. Marriage and family therapy.

  1. Definition of the practice of marriage and family therapy. The practice of the profession of marriage and family therapy is defined as:
    1. the assessment and treatment of nervous and mental disorders, whether affective, cognitive or behavioral, which results in dysfunctional interpersonal family relationships including, but not limited to familial relationships, marital/couple relationships, parent-child relationships, pre-marital and other personal relationships;
    2. the use of mental health counseling, psychotherapy and therapeutic techniques to evaluate and treat marital, relational, and family systems, and individuals in relationship to these systems;
    3. the use of mental health counseling and psychotherapeutic techniques to treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders and ailments within the context of marital, relational and family systems to prevent and ameliorate dysfunction; and
    4. the use of assessment instruments and mental health counseling and psychotherapy to identify and evaluate dysfunctions and disorders for purposes of providing appropriate marriage and family therapy services.
  2. Practice of marriage and family therapy and use of the titles "marriage and family therapist" and "licensed marriage and family therapist". Only a person licensed or exempt under this article shall practice marriage and family therapy or use the title "marriage and family "therapist". Only a person licensed under this article shall use the titles "licensed marriage and family therapist", "licensed marriage therapist", "licensed family therapist" or any other designation tending to imply that the person is licensed to practice marriage and family therapy.
  3. Requirements for a professional license. To qualify for a license as a "licensed marriage and family therapist", an applicant shall fulfill the following requirements:
    1. Application: File an application with the department;
    2. Education: Have received a master's or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy from a program registered by the department, or determined by the department to be the substantial equivalent, in accordance with the commissioner's regulations or a graduate degree in an allied field from a program registered by the department and graduate level coursework determined to be equivalent to that required in a program registered by the department. This coursework shall include, but not be limited to:
      1. the study of human development, including individual, child and family development;
      2. psychopathology;
      3. marital and family therapy;
      4. family law;
      5. research;
      6. professional ethics; and
      7. a practicum of at least three hundred client contact hours;
    3. Experience: The completion of at least one thousand five hundred client contact hours of supervised clinical experience, by persons holding a degree from a master's or doctoral program, or the substantial equivalent, in accordance with the commissioner's regulations or the completion of at least one thousand five hundred client hours of supervised post-master's clinical experience in marriage and family therapy satisfactory to the department in accordance with the commissioner's regulations. Satisfactory experience obtained in an entity operating under a waiver issued by the department pursuant to section sixty-five hundred three-a of this title may be accepted by the department, notwithstanding that such experience may have been obtained prior to the effective date of such section sixty-five hundred three-a and/or prior to the entity having obtained a waiver. The department may, for good cause shown, accept satisfactory experience that was obtained in a setting that would have been eligible for a waiver but which has not obtained a waiver from the department or experience that was obtained in good faith by the applicant under the belief that appropriate authorization had been obtained for the experience, provided that such experience meets all other requirements for acceptable experience;
    4. Examination: Pass an examination satisfactory to the board and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations;
    5. Age: Be at least twenty-one years of age;
    6. Character: Be of good moral character as determined by the department; and
    7. Fees: Pay a fee of one hundred seventy-five dollars for an initial license and a fee of one hundred seventy dollars for each triennial registration period.

§8404. Creative arts therapy.

  1. Definition of the practice of creative arts therapy. The practice of the profession of creative arts therapy is defined as:
    1. the assessment, evaluation, and the therapeutic intervention and treatment, which may be either primary, parallel or adjunctive, of mental, emotional, developmental and behavioral disorders through the use of the arts as approved by the department; and
    2. the use of assessment instruments and mental health counseling and psychotherapy to identify, evaluate and treat dysfunctions and disorders for purposes of providing appropriate creative arts therapy services.
  2. Practice of creative arts therapy and use of the titles "creative arts therapist" and "licensed creative arts therapist". Only a person licensed or exempt under this article shall practice creative arts therapy or use the title "creative arts therapist". Only a person licensed under this article shall use the title "licensed creative arts therapist" or any other designation tending to imply that the person is licensed to practice creative arts therapy.
  3. Requirements for a professional license. To qualify for a license as a "licensed creative arts therapist", an applicant shall fulfill the following requirements:
    1. Application: File an application with the department;
    2. Education: Have received an education, including a master's or higher degree in creative arts therapy from a program registered by the department or determined by the department to be the substantial equivalent thereof, in accordance with the commissioner's regulations. The graduate coursework shall include, but not be limited to, the following areas:
      1. human growth and development;
      2. theories in therapy;
      3. group dynamics;
      4. assessment and appraisal of individuals and groups;
      5. research and program evaluation;
      6. professional orientation and ethics;
      7. foundations of creative arts therapy and psychopathology; and
      8. clinical instruction;
    3. Experience: Have completed at least fifteen hundred hours of post-master's supervised experience in one or more creative arts therapies satisfactory to the department and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations. Satisfactory experience obtained in an entity operating under a waiver issued by the department pursuant to section sixty-five hundred three-a of this title may be accepted by the department, notwithstanding that such experience may have been obtained prior to the effective date of such section sixty-five hundred three-a and/or prior to the entity having obtained a waiver. The department may, for good cause shown, accept satisfactory experience that was obtained in a setting that would have been eligible for a waiver but which has not obtained a waiver from the department or experience that was obtained in good faith by the applicant under the belief that appropriate authorization had been obtained for the experience, provided that such experience meets all other requirements for acceptable experience;
    4. Examination: Pass an examination in creative arts therapy satisfactory to the department and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations;
    5. Age: Be at least twenty-one years of age;
    6. Character: Be of good moral character as determined by the department; and
    7. Fees: Pay a fee of one hundred seventy-five dollars for an initial license and a fee of one hundred seventy dollars for each triennial registration period.

§8405. Psychoanalysis.

  1. Definition of the practice of psychoanalysis. The practice of the profession of psychoanalysis is defined as:
    1. the observation, description, evaluation, and interpretation of dynamic unconscious mental processes that contribute to the formation of personality and behavior in order to identify and resolve unconscious psychic problems which affect interpersonal relationships and emotional development, to facilitate changes in personality and behavior through the use of verbal and nonverbal cognitive and emotional communication, and to develop adaptive functioning; and
    2. the use of assessment instruments and mental health counseling and psychotherapy to identify, evaluate and treat dysfunctions and disorders for purposes of providing appropriate psychoanalytic services.
  2. Practice of psychoanalysis and use of the titles "psychoanalyst" and "licensed psychoanalyst". Only a person licensed or exempt under this article shall practice psychoanalysis or use the title "psychoanalyst". Only a person licensed under this article shall use the title "licensed psychoanalyst" or any other designation tending to imply that the person is licensed to practice psychoanalysis.
  3. Requirements for a professional license. To qualify for a license as a "licensed psychoanalyst", an applicant shall fulfill the following requirements:
    1. Application: File an application with the department;
    2. Education: Have received a master's degree or higher from a degree-granting program registered by the department or the substantial equivalent and have completed a program of study registered by the department in a psychoanalytic institute chartered by the board of regents or the substantial equivalent as determined by the department. The program of study in a psychoanalytic institute shall include coursework substantially equivalent to coursework required for a master's degree in a health or mental health field of study. The coursework shall include, but not be limited to, the following areas:
      1. personality development;
      2. psychoanalytic theory of psychopathology;
      3. psychoanalytic theory of psychodiagnosis;
      4. sociocultural influence on growth and psychopathology;
      5. practice technique (including dreams and symbolic processes);
      6. analysis of resistance, transference, and countertransference;
      7. case seminars on clinical practice;
      8. practice in psychopathology and psychodiagnosis;
      9. professional ethics and psychoanalytic research methodology; and
      10. a minimum of three hundred hours of personal analysis and one hundred fifty hours of supervised analysis;
    3. Experience: Have completed a minimum of fifteen hundred hours of supervised clinical practice satisfactory to the department and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations. Satisfactory experience obtained in an entity operating under a waiver issued by the department pursuant to section sixty-five hundred three-a of this title may be accepted by the department, notwithstanding that such experience may have been obtained prior to the effective date of such section sixty-five hundred three-a and/or prior to the entity having obtained a waiver. The department may, for good cause shown, accept satisfactory experience that was obtained in a setting that would have been eligible for a waiver but which has not obtained a waiver from the department or experience that was obtained in good faith by the applicant under the belief that appropriate authorization had been obtained for the experience, provided that such experience meets all other requirements for acceptable experience;
    4. Examination: Pass an examination in psychoanalysis satisfactory to the department and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations;
    5. Age: Be at least twenty-one years of age;
    6. Character: Be of good moral character as determined by the department; and
    7. Fees: Pay a fee of one hundred seventy-five dollars for an initial license and a fee of one hundred seventy dollars for each triennial registration period.

§8406. State board for mental health practitioners.

A state board for mental health practitioners shall be appointed by the board of regents on the recommendation of the commissioner for the purpose of assisting the board of regents and the department on matters of licensing and regulation. The board shall be composed of at least three licensed members from each profession licensed pursuant to this article and at least three public representatives who do not hold interests in the organization, financing, or delivery of mental health services. Additionally, the board shall contain one physician who shall be a psychiatrist. Members of the first board need not be licensed prior to their appointment to the board. The terms of the first appointed members shall be staggered so that five are appointed for three years, five are appointed for four years, and six are appointed for five years. An executive secretary to the board shall be appointed by the board of regents on recommendation of the commissioner.


§8407. Boundaries of professional competency.

  1. It shall be deemed practicing outside the boundaries of his or her professional competence for a person licensed pursuant to this article, in the case of treatment of any serious mental illness, to provide any mental health service for such illness on a continuous and sustained basis without a medical evaluation of the illness by, and consultation with, a physician regarding such illness. Such medical evaluation and consultation shall be to determine and advise whether any medical care is indicated for such illness. For purposes of this section, "serious mental illness" means schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism.
  2. Any individual whose license or authority to practice derives from the provisions of this article shall be prohibited from:
    1. prescribing or administering drugs as defined in this chapter as a treatment, therapy, or professional service in the practice of his or her profession; or
    2. using invasive procedures as a treatment, therapy, or professional service in the practice of his or her profession. For purposes of this subdivision, "invasive procedure" means any procedure in which human tissue is cut, altered, or otherwise infiltrated by mechanical or other means. Invasive procedure includes surgery, lasers, ionizing radiation, therapeutic ultrasound, or electroconvulsive therapy.

§8408. Hospital privileges.

Nothing herein contained shall be deemed to authorize, grant, or extend hospital privileges to individuals licensed under this article.


§8409. Limited permits.

The following requirements for a limited permit shall apply to all professions licensed pursuant to this article:

  1. The department may issue a limited permit to an applicant who meets all qualifications for licensure, except the examination and/or experience requirements, in accordance with regulations promulgated therefor.
  2. Limited permits shall be for two years; such limited permits may be renewed, at the discretion of the department, for up to two additional one-year periods.
  3. The fee for each limited permit and for each renewal shall be seventy dollars.

§8410. Exemptions.

Nothing contained in this article shall be construed to:

  1. Apply to the practice, conduct, activities, services or use of any title by any person licensed or otherwise authorized to practice medicine within the state pursuant to article one hundred thirty-one of this title or by any person registered to perform services as a physician assistant within the state pursuant to article one hundred thirty-one-B of this title or by any person licensed or otherwise authorized to practice psychology within this state pursuant to article one hundred fifty-three of this title or by any person licensed or otherwise authorized to practice social work within this state pursuant to article one hundred fifty-four of this title, or by any person licensed or otherwise authorized to practice nursing as a registered professional nurse or nurse practitioner within this state pursuant to article one hundred thirty-nine of this title; provided, however, that no physician, physician's assistant, registered professional nurse, nurse practitioner, psychologist, licensed master social worker, or licensed clinical social worker may use the titles "licensed mental health counselor", "licensed marriage and family therapist", "licensed creative arts therapist", or "licensed psychoanalyst", unless licensed under this article.
  2. Prohibit or limit any individual who is credentialed under any law, including attorneys, rape crisis counselors, certified alcoholism counselors and certified substance abuse counselors from providing mental health services within their respective established authorities.
  3. Prohibit or limit the practice of a profession licensed pursuant to this article by a student, intern or resident in, and as part of, a supervised educational program in an institution approved by the department.
  4. Prohibit or limit the provision of pastoral counseling services by any member of the clergy or Christian Science practitioner, within the context of his or her ministerial charge or obligation.
  5. Prohibit or limit individuals, churches, schools, teachers, organizations, or not-for-profit businesses, from providing instruction, advice, support, encouragement, or information to individuals, families, and relational groups.
  6. Prohibit or limit an occupational therapist from performing work consistent with article one hundred fifty-six of this title.
  7. Prohibit the practice of mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, creative arts therapy or psychoanalysis, to the extent permissible within the scope of practice of such professions, by any not-for-profit corporation or education corporation providing services within the state of New York and operating under a waiver pursuant to section sixty-five hundred three-a of this title, provided that such entities offering mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, creative arts therapy or psychoanalysis services shall only provide such services through an individual appropriately licensed or otherwise authorized to provide such services or a professional entity authorized by law to provide such services.
  8. Prevent a person without a license from performing assessments such as basic information collection, gathering of demographic data, and informal observations, screening and referral used for general eligibility for a program or service and determining the functional status of an individual for the purpose of determining need for services unrelated to a behavioral health diagnosis or treatment plan. Such licensure shall not be required to create, develop or implement a service plan unrelated to a behavioral health diagnosis or treatment plan. Such service plans shall include, but are not limited to, job training and employability, housing, general public assistance, in home services and supports or home-delivered meals, investigations conducted or assessments made by adult or child protective services, adoption home studies and assessments, family service plans, transition plans and permanency planning activities, de-escalation techniques, peer services or skill development. A license under this article shall not be required for persons to participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to implement a behavioral health services or treatment plan; provided however, that such team shall include one or more professionals licensed under this article or articles one hundred thirty-one, one hundred fifty-three or one hundred fifty-four of this chapter; and provided, further, that the activities performed by members of the team shall be consistent with the scope of practice for each team member licensed or authorized under title VIII of this chapter, and those who are not so authorized may not engage in the following restricted practices: the diagnosis of mental, emotional, behavioral, addictive and developmental disorders and disabilities; patient assessment and evaluating; the provision of psychotherapeutic treatment; the provision of treatment other than psychotherapeutic treatment; and/or the development and implementation of assessment-based treatment plans as defined in section seventy-seven hundred one of this chapter. Provided, further, that nothing in this subdivision shall be construed as requiring a license for any particular activity or function based solely on the fact that the activity or function is not listed in this subdivision.

§8411. Special provisions.

  1. This section shall apply to all professions licensed pursuant to this article, unless otherwise provided.
  2. Any nonexempt person practicing a profession to be licensed pursuant to this article shall apply for a license of said profession within one year of the effective date of the specified profession.
    1. If such person does not meet the requirements for a license established within this article, such person may meet alternative criteria determined by the department to be the substantial equivalent of such criteria.
    2. If such person meets the requirements for a license established within this article, except for examination, and has been certified or registered by a national certifying or registering body having certification or registration standards acceptable to the commissioner, the department shall license without examination.
    3. If such person meets the requirements for a license established within this article, except for examination, and there exists no national certifying or registering body having certification or registration standards acceptable to the commissioner, the department shall license without examination if the applicant submits evidence satisfactory to the department of having been engaged in the practice of the specified profession for at least five of the immediately preceding eight years.
  3. Any person licensed pursuant to this article may use accepted classifications of signs, symptoms, dysfunctions and disorders, as approved in accordance with regulations promulgated by the department, in the practice of such licensed profession.

§ 8412. Mandatory continuing education.

  1. Each licensed mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, psychoanalyst, and creative arts therapist required under this article to register triennially with the department to practice in this state, shall comply with the provisions of mandatory continuing education requirements prescribed in subdivision two of this section, except as set forth in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subdivision. Licensed mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychoanalysts, and creative arts therapists who do not satisfy the mandatory continuing education requirements shall not practice until they have met such requirements, and they have been issued a registration certificate, except that a licensed mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, psychoanalyst, and creative arts therapist may practice without having met such requirements if he or she is issued a conditional registration certificate pursuant to subdivision three of this section.
    1. Each licensed mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, psychoanalyst, and creative arts therapist shall be exempt from the mandatory continuing education requirements for the triennial registration period during which they are first licensed. In accordance with the intent of this section, adjustment to the mandatory continuing education requirement may be granted by the department for reasons of health that are certified by an appropriate health care professional, for extended active duty with the armed forces of the United States, or for other good cause acceptable to the department which may prevent compliance.
    2. A licensed mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, psychoanalyst, and creative arts therapist not engaged in practice, as determined by the department, shall be exempt from the mandatory continuing education requirement upon the filing of a statement with the department declaring such status. Any licensee who returns to the practice of mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, psychoanalysis, and creative arts therapy during the triennial registration period shall notify the department prior to reentering the profession and shall meet such mandatory education requirements as shall be prescribed by regulations of the commissioner.
  2. During each triennial registration period an applicant for registration as a licensed mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, psychoanalyst, and creative arts therapist shall complete a minimum of thirty-six hours of acceptable formal continuing education, a maximum of twelve hours of which may be self-instructional course work acceptable to the department. Any licensed mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, psychoanalyst, and creative arts therapist whose first registration date following the effective date of this section occurs less than three years from such effective date, but on or after January first, two thousand seventeen, shall complete continuing education hours on a prorated basis at the rate of one hour per month for the period beginning January first, two thousand seventeen up to the first registration date thereafter. A licensee who has not satisfied the mandatory continuing education requirement shall not be issued a triennial registration certificate by the department and shall not practice unless and until a conditional registration certificate is issued as provided for in subdivision three of this section. Continuing education hours taken during one triennium may not be transferred to the subsequent triennium.
  3. (a) The department, in its discretion, may issue a conditional registration to a licensee who fails to meet the continuing education requirements established in subdivision two of this section but who agrees to make up any deficiencies and complete any additional education which the department may require. The fee for such a conditional registration shall be the same as, and in addition to, the fee for the triennial registration. The duration of such conditional registration shall be determined by the department but shall not exceed one year. Any licensee who is notified of the denial of registration for failure to submit evidence, satisfactory to the department, of required continuing education and who practices without such registration may be subject to disciplinary proceedings pursuant to section sixty-five hundred ten of this title.
    (b) For purposes of this section "acceptable formal education" shall mean formal courses of learning which contribute to professional practice in mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, psychoanalysis, or creative arts therapies and which meet the standards prescribed by regulations of the commissioner. Such formal courses of learning shall include, but not be limited to, collegiate level credit and non-credit courses, professional development programs and technical sessions offered by national, state and local professional associations and other organizations acceptable to the department, and any other organized educational and technical programs acceptable to the department. Continuing education courses must be taken from a provider who has been approved by the department, based upon an application and fee, pursuant to the regulations of the commissioner. The department may, in its discretion and as needed to contribute to the health and welfare of the public, require the completion of continuing education courses in specific subjects to fulfill this mandatory continuing education requirement. Licensed mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychoanalysts, and creative arts therapists shall maintain adequate documentation of completion of acceptable formal continuing education and shall provide such documentation at the request of the department. Failure to provide such documentation upon the request of the department shall be an act of misconduct subject to disciplinary proceedings pursuant to section sixty-five hundred ten of this title.
    (c) The mandatory continuing education fee shall be determined by the department. Such fee shall be payable on or before the first day of each triennial registration period, and shall be paid in addition to the triennial registration fees required by paragraph (g) of subdivision three of section eighty-four hundred two of this article and paragraph (g) of subdivision three of section eighty-four hundred five of this article.

    *NB Effective January 1, 2017

Note: Sunset provision for individuals employed by certain programs

Subdivision b of section 17-a of chapter 676 of the laws of 2002 amending the education law relating to defining the practice of psychology, as amended by chapter 419 of the laws of 2003, as amended by chapters 130 and 132 of the laws of 2010, as amended by chapter 57 of the laws of 2013 provides:

§ 17-a.
  1. In relation to activities and services provided under article 153 of the education law, nothing in this act shall prohibit or limit the activities or services on the part of any person in the employ of a program or service operated, regulated, funded, or approved by the department of mental hygiene or the office of children and family services, or a local governmental unit as that term is defined in article 41 of the mental hygiene law or a social services district as defined in section 61 of the social services law. In relation to activities and services provided under article 163 of the education law, nothing in this act shall prohibit or limit such activities or services on the part of any person in the employ of a program or service operated, regulated, funded, or approved by the department of mental hygiene, the office of children and family services, the department of corrections and community supervision, the office of temporary and disability assistance, the state office for the aging and the department of health or a local governmental unit as that term is defined in article 41 of the mental hygiene law or a social services district as defined in section 61 of the social services law, pursuant to authority granted by law. This section shall not authorize the use of any title authorized pursuant to article 153 or 163 of the education law by any such employed person, except as otherwise provided by such articles respectively. This section shall be deemed repealed July 1, 2016.
  2. On or before September 1, 2014, each state agency identified in subdivision a of this section that operates, regulates, approves or funds programs that employ individuals to provide services that would otherwise be restricted to individuals licensed or authorized under article 153, 154 or 163 of the education law, shall submit to the commissioner of education, in such form and detail as requested by such commissioner, data in relation to: the number of individuals employed in exempt programs operated, funded, regulated or approved by each state agency on July 1, 2013 who are providing services that would otherwise be restricted to those licensed or authorized under article 153, 154 or 163 of the education law; the occupational title of individuals who on July 1, 2014 are not licensed or otherwise authorized under title VIII of the education law, and who are engaged in: the diagnosis of mental, emotional, behavioral, addictive and developmental disorders and disabilities; patient assessment and evaluation; the provision of psychotherapeutic treatment; the provision of treatment other than psychotherapeutic treatment and/or the development and implementation of assessment-based treatment plans, as defined in section 7701 of the education law or as authorized in articles 153, 154 and 163 of the education law. For purposes of this section, this reporting shall not include individuals that are performing tasks that do not require licensure as identified in subdivision 10 of section 7605, subdivision 7 of section 7706, and subdivision 8 of section 8410 of the education law.
  3. The commissioner of education, after receipt of this data and in consultation with the affected state agencies, not-for-profit providers, professional associations, consumers and other key stakeholders, shall prepare a report that recommends changes in any laws, rules or regulations necessary to ensure appropriate licensure or other authorization of individuals providing services that are within the restricted practice of professions licensed or otherwise authorized under article 153, 154 or 163 of the education law. The commissioner of education shall submit the report to the governor, the speaker of the assembly, the temporary president of the senate, and the chairs of the senate and assembly higher education committees by January 1, 2015. Other state agency commissioners shall be provided an opportunity to include statements or alternative recommendations in such report.
Last Updated: February 26, 2014