UT Office of Professional Licensure review of behavioral health licensing

A year of research conducted by the Utah Department of Commerce Office of Professional Licensure has resulted in the following recommended changes to the licensure of mental health professionals:

  • Train smarter, not harder: Implement more flexible supervision hours, focus on enhancing clinical skills and reduce burdensome continuing education requirements.
  • Expand pathways and portability: Establish a new alternative supervision track, increase the workforce through interstate compacts and introduce a higher-level addiction counseling license.
  • Streamline governance structure: Create a multi-professional board.
  • Fill gaps in career ladders and care: Create lower-level extender licenses and certifications, allow psychologists limited prescribing privileges.

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