senate Bill S4977

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Includes the term "diagnosis" within the definition of the practice of mental health practitioners

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to higher education
May 02, 2013 referred to higher education

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S4977 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7608
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง8402, 8403, 8404 & 8405, Ed L

S4977 - Summary

Clarifies the authorization to practice for mental health practitioners; includes the term "diagnosis" within the definition of the practice of mental health practitioners.

S4977 - Sponsor Memo

S4977 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4977

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 2, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ROBACH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to clarifying the author-
  ization to practice for mental health practitioners

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Subdivision  1  of  section 8402 of the education law, as
added by chapter 676 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows:
  1. Definition of the practice of mental health counseling.  The  prac-
tice of the profession of mental health counseling is defined as:
  (a)  the  evaluation,  assessment, DIAGNOSIS, 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]
  (b) the use of assessment instruments and mental health counseling and
psychotherapy to identify, evaluate, DIAGNOSE and treat dysfunctions and
disorders for purposes of providing appropriate mental health counseling
services; AND
  (C) DIAGNOSIS IN THE CONTEXT  OF  LICENSED  MENTAL  HEALTH  COUNSELING
PRACTICE  IS  THE  PROCESS  OF  DISTINGUISHING  BETWEEN  SIMILAR MENTAL,
EMOTIONAL, BEHAVIORAL, DEVELOPMENTAL, AND ADDICTIVE  DISORDERS,  IMPAIR-
MENTS  AND  DISABILITIES WITHIN A PSYCHOSOCIAL FRAMEWORK ON THE BASIS OF
THEIR SIMILAR AND UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS CONSISTENT WITH ACCEPTED  CLAS-
SIFICATION SYSTEMS.
  S  2.  Subdivision 1 of section 8403 of the education law, as added by
chapter 676  of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows:
  1. Definition of the practice of  marriage  and  family  therapy.  The
practice of the profession of marriage and family therapy is defined as:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10741-01-3

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