WSR 10-16-114

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Board of Psychology)

[ Filed August 2, 2010, 4:53 p.m. , effective September 2, 2010 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: These rules provide for temporary practice permits to be issued to an applicant for psychology licensure if a fingerprint-based national background check must be conducted. The national background check is lengthy and has caused licensing delays that may affect the public's access to health care. To receive the permit, the applicant must meet all other licensing requirements, be licensed in another state, and have no criminal record in Washington.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.83.050, 18.130.064, 18.130.075.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 10-06-018 on February 22, 2010.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: June 30, 2010.

Raymond L. Harry

Public Member, Chair

OTS-2945.2


NEW SECTION
WAC 246-924-483   How to obtain a temporary practice permit while the national background check is completed.   Fingerprint-based national background checks may cause a delay in licensing. Individuals who satisfy all other licensing requirements and qualifications may receive a temporary practice permit while the national background check is completed.

(1) A temporary practice permit may be issued to an applicant who:

(a) Holds an unrestricted, active license to practice psychology in another state that has substantially equivalent licensing standards to those in Washington state;

(b) Is not subject to denial of a license or issuance of a conditional or restricted license; and

(c) Does not have a criminal record in Washington state.

(2) A temporary practice permit grants the individual the full scope of practice of psychology.

(3) A temporary practice permit will not be renewed, reissued, or extended. A temporary practice permit expires when any one of the following occurs:

(a) The license is granted;

(b) A notice of decision on application is mailed to the applicant, unless the notice of decision on the application specifically extends the duration of the temporary practice permit; or

(c) Two hundred ten days after the temporary practice permit is issued.

(4) To receive a temporary practice permit, the applicant must:

(a) Submit the necessary application, fee(s), and documentation for the license.

(b) Meet all requirements and qualifications for the license, except the results from a fingerprint-based national background check, if required.

(c) Provide verification of having an active unrestricted license to practice psychology from another state that has substantially equivalent licensing standards as Washington state.

(d) Submit the fingerprint card and a written request for a temporary practice permit when the department notifies the applicant the national background check is required.

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