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Licensure requirements modified (new law)

Published (4/8/2010)
By Lauren Radomski
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Psychologists can expect a handful of noncontroversial changes to licensure requirements, under a new law signed March 26 by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Sponsored by Rep. Kim Norton (DFL-Rochester) and Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon (DFL-Duluth), the law:

• provides reciprocity for psychologists licensed in other jurisdictions as they apply for full licensure in Minnesota;

• extends the time limit for guest licensure from 30 days to nine months;

• allows a retired psychologist to apply for licensure to offer services pro bono as a “licensed psychologist-volunteer;”

• allows psychologists to be the last reviewer of appeals for denial of services by health plans; and

• redefines the make-up of the Board of Psychology.

Norton said the law is intended to make it easier for qualified psychologists to practice in Minnesota. It takes effect Aug. 1, 2010.

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