LEGISLATIVE ADVISORY: SB 801 (ARCHULETA) – HEALING ARTS
Attention Board of Psychology (Board) stakeholders:
Senate Bill 801 (Archuleta) Chapter 647, Statutes of 2021, was signed by Governor Newsom and becomes effective January 1, 2022. The legislation amends Business and Professions Code (BPC) Sections 27, 2911, 2913, 2914, 2915, 2915.5, 2942, 2946, 2960, repeals 2909, 2909.5, 2915.7 and 2944 and adds 2910. It also amends Evidence Code section 1010.
SUMMARY OF CHANGES:
This law extends the statutory authority of the Board of Psychology (Board) until January 1, 2026.
REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST REGISTRATION:
This law eliminates the registered psychologist registration category. The Board will cancel all current registered psychologist registrations on January 1, 2022. Current registrants should make plans early and consider alternate available pathways for accruing supervised professional experience. (BPC section 2909.5, Repealed)
EXEMPTED INDIVIDUALS AND SETTINGS:
This law amends Business and Professions Code (BPC) section 2910 to include the exemptions for individuals (formerly in BPC section 2909) in addition to the exemptions for settings (BPC section 2910).
EXPANDED PATHWAY FOR ACCRUING PRE-DOCTORAL SUPERVISED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
- This law allows graduate students or psychology interns enrolled in a doctoral program leading to one of the degrees listed in BPC section 2914(b) to accrue pre-doctoral supervised professional experience and to be exempt from registering with the Board.
- This law allows trainees in a post-doctoral placement approved by APA, APPIC, or CAPIC to accrue post-doctoral supervised professional experience and to be exempt from registering with the Board. (BPC section 2911)
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSISTANT REGISTRATION:
- This law amends the title from “registered psychological assistant” to “registered psychological associate.”
- This law modifies the qualifying degrees and specializations that can be used toward meeting the educational requirements to become a registered psychological associate. It authorizes the Board to determine whether any degrees not listed meet the educational requirements for a registration, consistent with BPC section 2914.
- Board-certified psychiatrists will no longer qualify as a primary supervisor for registered psychological associates. Current registrants who are under the supervision of a board-certified psychiatrist should seek the supervision of a psychologist licensed by the Board. (BPC section 2913)
PSYCHOLOGIST LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS:
- This law modifies the qualifying degrees and specializations that can be used to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a psychologist. (BPC section 2914)
- Relating to foreign degree evaluation, this law authorizes the Board to accept an evaluation either by a foreign credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or by the National Register of Health Services Psychologists (NRHSP) along with any other necessary documentation; it also specifies the information and documents that must be submitted to the Board by the foreign credential evaluation service. (BPC section 2914)
- Relating to prelicensure coursework requirements, training in the detection and treatment of alcohol and other substance dependency is required for all applicants. (BPC section 2914) This law reduces the number of hours required for training in aging and long-term care from ten (10) hours to six (6) hours and allows applicants to comply with this requirement through applied experience and/or coursework as specified. (BPC section 2915.5) This change creates consistency with the prelicensure requirements for training in suicide risk assessment and intervention. (BPC section 4996.17.2)
- Relating to examination requirements, existing statute provides applicants who have been licensed in another state, Canadian province, or U.S. territory for at least five (5) years do not need to submit a score transfer for their EPPP results, as specified in the relevant regulations. This law lowers the required years of licensure from five (5) years to two (2) years. (BPC section 2946)
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
This law removes the Board’s authority to provide extensions or exemptions from meeting the continuing professional development (CPD) requirements for renewal of a psychologist license. (BPC section 2915)
FILE TRANSFER FEE
This law allows the Board to charge a $10 fee to complete a file transfer. A licensee or registrant of the Board might need a file transfer when seeking licensure/registration in another state or jurisdiction. (BPC section 2987)
This law allows the Board, in its discretion, to accept the offer of a surrender of a license. The Board’s acceptance of the offer of a surrender shall be in writing. A person whose license has been surrendered may petition the Board for reinstatement after a period of not less than one year after the effective date of the acceptance. (BPC section 2988.7)
DELEGATED AUTHORITY TO THE LICENSURE COMMITTEE
This law allows the Board’s Licensure Committee to consider and decide petitions for both extensions of time to gain supervised professional experience and extensions of time to hold a psychological associate registration, in closed session. (BPC section 2949) To view the text of the chaptered bill, click here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220SB801
This chart clarifies whether a person needs to register with the Board to accrue supervised professional experience (SPE) based on which pathway the person uses to accrue the SPE.
A person does not need to register with the Board when enrolling in a practicum as part of the requirement of a graduate degree because that is not a pathway to accrue SPE towards licensure.