Mobility progress through legislation introduced or passed

Arizona

  • HB 2569 signed by governor April 2019.
  • Relates to all occupational licensing. Out-of-state applicants with a license in good standing for at least one year and residing in Arizona shall be granted the equivalent license.
  • Board of Behavioral Health’s longstanding endorsement provision granted license to out-of-state applicants licensed in good standing for three years or more.

Arkansas

  • Act 623 signed by governor April 2019.
  • Amends the laws regarding social work licensing; clarifies the licensing exemption for students; changes the term “reciprocity” to “endorsement;” allows board discretion in determining substantial equivalency.
  • Draft rules effective July 1, 2019, allowing waiver of supervision requirement with three years practice experience.

California

  • SB 679 is in committee hearings.
  • Revises and recasts requirements for an applicant who holds a license in another jurisdiction of the United States as a marriage and family therapist, clinical social worker, or professional clinical counselor at the highest level of independent clinical practice and that has been current,active, and unrestricted for at least two years.
  • There is an existing endorsement provision that also waives supervision credential verification requirements with two-years practice experience with license in good standing. SB 679 further expedites licensure by affecting California-specific training requirements.

Kansas

  • SB 15 signed by governor April 22, 2019.
  • Makes changes for reciprocity provisions for all behavioral health professions.
  • Specialist clinical license granted to out-of-state applicants meeting the following requirements: 1) three years of clinical practice experience 2) passing Clinical exam score and 3) attestation from a professional licensed to diagnose and treat mental disorders in independent practice or licensed to practice medicine or surgery, stating that the applicant is competent to diagnose and treat mental disorders.
  • NASW-KS was able to get amendment to reduce supervision requirements to 3,000 hours.

Montana

  • HB 105 signed by governor March 2019.
  • Requires reciprocity by all licensing boards. Waives examination requirement. Boards have discretion in determining if standards are substantially equivalent.
  • Montana’s supervision requirements are not a barrier for applicants from all states except two.
  • Rules yet to be developed.

New Hampshire

  • SB 80 passed June 13, 2019.
  • Requires the board of mental health practice to issue an interim license to qualified applicants from other states while awaiting final approval or denial of the application.

Oregon

  • HB2454 in progress.
  • Allows out-of-state applicant seeking occupational license in Oregon more time to meet Oregon standards if applicant is already licensed in another state and is seeking to work in Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Region.

Pennsylvania

  • HB1172 passed June 25, 2019.
  • Emphasis is on substantial equivalency determination by the board.

Texas

  • HB3032 in progress
  • Amends a provision intended for military personnel to include “expedited and alternative licensing of certain individuals.”
  • Creates alternative licensing for substantially equivalent licenses from another jurisdiction.
  • State agencies are required to notify the Texas Workforce Commission upon determination that requirements of a license are substantially equivalent to those of another jurisdiction. The Commission is required to publish the information on its website.

Washington

  • SB5054  signed by governor 5.9.2019
  • Increases the behavioral health workforce by establishing a reciprocity program to increase the portability of behavioral health licenses and certifications.
  • The reciprocity program must apply to individuals who have held a license in good standing in another state in the past twelve months. A probationary license must be granted to eligible applicants while credentials are evaluated.
  • Department must maintain and publish a list of credentials in other jurisdictions that the department has determined to have a scope of practice that is substantially equivalent or greater than the scope of practice for the behavioral health profession established in statute.

This update reflects progress made as of July 1, 2019.