The Governor’s Budget (HB49), currently under review by the Ohio House/Finance Committee, calls for the consolidation of many of the current regulatory boards that protect the public and manage professional licensure. The Ohio Psychological Association opposes board consolidation in general and specifically the elimination of the State Board of Psychology. The Budget moves regulation of psychology into a new board: The Behavioral Health and Social Work Board.
Types of Licenses
Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapists
Chemical Dependency Professionals Board
State Board of Psychology
Behavioral Health and Social Work Board
The Behavioral Health and Social Worker Board would include:
One public member
2 social workers
At least one representative of each of the following:
Marriage and Family Therapist
Chemical Dependency Counselor (drug or alcohol)
Chemical Prevention Specialist
Because of the size and structure of this new Board, this is basically the deregulation of the behavioral health professions. Since the Boards are self-sufficient through license fees no tax payer dollars are saved through consolidation. The public will have less protection under the proposed consolidated model.
What you can do:
Contact your own State Representative and urge them to oppose consolidation and specifically the elimination of an independent Board Of Psychology