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House Acts to Extend Board of Psychologist & Psychological Associates

HB 376 extends Board of Psychologist

& Psychological Associate Examiners to 2018

Tuesday, March 30, 2010, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska State House today unanimously passed House Bill 376, which would extend the sunset date of the Board of Psychologist and Psychological Associate Examiners. The bill was sponsored by the House Health & Social Services Committee.

HB 376 would extend the termination date of the Board, currently set to expire June 30, 2010. The bill proposes to grant an eight-year extension, through June 30, 2018. A 2009 Division of Legislative Audit review found no substantive problems with extending the Board’s lifespan.

“It’s through the Board that the State is able to ensure these professionals who serve Alaskans are qualified and capable of doing so,” said H&SS Committee Co-Chair Bob Herron, D-Bethel. “HB 376 assures that providers in Alaska meet appropriate educational and practice standards, and provide safe professional psychological support services to people who seek them.”

Alaska’s Board of Psychologist and Psychological Associate Examiners is comprised of five members who regulate and license psychologists and psychological associates in Alaska. Major board duties include examining and issuing licenses to qualified applicants, adopting regulations to enforce governing statues, holding hearings, and imposing disciplinary sanctions as necessary on individuals who violate statutes and regulations.

HB 376 is now headed to the Alaska State Senate for consideration.

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