This bulletin is issued by the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners ("Board") and its purpose is to notify licensees of several important licensing and regulatory changes:
- Beginning January 1, 2022, all psychologists renewing a license with the Board are required to apply for a fingerprint clearance card and to submit the card to the Board with the completed renewal application. Guidance on this requirement will be issued later in 2021.
- Effective September 29, 2021 a psychologist who conducts specified independent psychological examinations from unprofessional conduct complaints is exempt from investigation by the Board unless a complaint alleges an act other than a disagreement with the related findings and opinions.
- Effective September 29, 2021 the limitation that no more than 50 percent of in-person supervision be completed using telepractice supervision is eliminated.
Enacted bill HB2454 telehealth; health care providers; requirements outlines telehealth procedures and requirements relating to coverage of services, network adequacy, delivery of health care, health care providers and interstate health care services. The main provisions of this legislation are not enforced by the Board; please consult with legal counsel or other practice resources for guidance on these changes.
On September 1, 2021 the Board will launch a new online system that will facilitate licensure renewal and reinstatement, as well as enable recording of completed continuing education activities at any time during an active license cycle. Licensees with renewal deadlines of September 30, 2021 may experience a very short back-out period in early September for the launch to be executed, and are strongly urged to complete the renewal process prior to August 31, 2021 should there be any issues with the new system launch.