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New Utah Laws Regulating Counselors

By David Bergman posted 04-21-2020 14:44


On March 28, Governor Gary Herbert signed SB 68, which modifies the clinical mental health counselor licensure requirements. The bill establishes the education requirements for licensure in statute, including a master’s or doctoral degree from a program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counselor and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or a clinical mental health counseling or equivalent degree that meets defined coursework requirements matching CACREP accreditation. The bill also grants a license to those receiving a master's or doctoral degree from an educational program in rehabilitation counseling accredited by CACREP until July 2022.

Additionally, Governor Herbert signed SB 23 into law on March 30, which makes it easier for counselors (and all professions) to obtain a license when coming from out of state. The law grants an out-of-state counselor a license if they have 1) a license in good standing from another state; 2) at least a year of experience in the state; and 3) a similar scope of practice. This legislation follows a trend that started in Arizona to facilitate the portability of all licenses across states.

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