senate Bill S4340

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Provides for licensure of school psychologists

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Higher Education Committee

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2020 referred to higher education
Apr 08, 2019 committee discharged and committed to higher education
Mar 07, 2019 referred to education


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S4340 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 166-A §§8720 - 8727, amd §§6507, 6503-a & 7602, Ed L; amd §413, Soc Serv L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S6358, A418
2011-2012: S5676, A233
2013-2014: S2923, A3570
2015-2016: S4995, S6587, A420
2017-2018: S692, A1132

S4340 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides for the licensure of school psychologists; authorizes the use of the title "school psychologist" to licensed or exempt individuals; defines practice of school psychology; sets forth requirements for professional licensure (including educational attainment, experience, exam and fee) (view more) provides for issuance of limited permits under specified circumstances; identifies exempt persons.

S4340 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4340 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 7, 2019

Introduced  by  Sens.  CARLUCCI, ORTT -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to amend the education  law  and  the  social  services  law,  in
  relation  to  the  practice  of  school psychology, and establishing a
  pilot program of multi-tiered system of support model of substance use
  prevention and intervention


  Section 1. Legislative intent and findings. The legislature finds that
while significant steps have been taken through legislation to implement
the  recommendations  of  executive  and  legislative task forces in the
joint effort to combat the heroin and opioid crises in New  York  state,
much  more  must  be  done  to  identify risk factors, develop community
response and support strategies and to increase access to treatment.
  The legislature intends to build on the initial aggressive efforts  of
the executive and legislative by recognizing the significant role mental
and  behavioral  health  professionals  play  in identifying the warning
signs of heroin and opioid addiction in our children and the maladaptive
behaviors  that  lead  to  early  drug  use  and  ultimately  abuse  and
addiction.  The  legislature  recognizes  that certified school psychol-
ogists are uniquely  qualified  to  identify  the  risk  and  protective
factors, coupled with adverse childhood experiences which constitute the
drug  abuse  process.  However,  these  highly  trained  specialists are
constrained to provide vital services to the school  setting  only.  The
legislature  finds  that  the  state's mission to address the heroin and
opioid crises in the state will be advanced  through  the  licensure  of
school  psychologists  and  the  meaningful involvement of these trained
practitioners in the development of a school and community based strate-
gy of response and support.
  § 2. The education law is amended by adding a  new  article  166-A  to
read as follows:

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


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