senate Bill S4347

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Provides for licensure of school psychologists and establishes a pilot program of multi-tiered system of support model of substance use prevention and intervention

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Higher Education Committee

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 03, 2021 referred to higher education


S4347 (ACTIVE) - Details

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
2011-2012: S5676
2013-2014: S2923
2015-2016: S4995, S6587
2017-2018: S692
2019-2020: S1423, S4340

S4347 (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.

S4347 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4347 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                             February 3, 2021
 Introduced  by  Sen.  BROUK  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher 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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