OSPA is collaborating with the Ohio Psychological Association on this issue and the following alert and talking points were provided by OPA.
The Governor’s Budget (HB49), currently under review by the Ohio House/Finance Committee, calls for the consolidation of many of the current regulatory boards that protect the public and manage professional licensure. The Ohio Psychological Association and the Ohio School Psychologists Association oppose board consolidation in general and specifically the elimination of the State Board of Psychology. The Budget moves regulation of psychology into a new board: The Behavioral Health and Social Work Board.
|Existing Boards||Board Members||Types of Licenses||Total Licensees|
|Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapists||15||7||34,566|
|Chemical Dependency Professionals Board||13||8||9,879|
|State Board of Psychology||9||3||3,500|
|Behavioral Health and Social Work Board||9||18||47,935|
The Behavioral Health and Social Worker Board would include:
- One public member
- 2 social workers
- At least one representative of each of the following:
- Marriage and Family Therapist
- Professional Counselor
- Non-School Psychologist
- School Psychologist
- Chemical Dependency Counselor (drug or alcohol)
- Chemical Prevention Specialist
Because of the size and structure of this new Board, this is basically the deregulation of the behavioral health professions. Since the Boards are self-sufficient through license fees no tax payer dollars are saved through consolidation. The public will have less protection under the proposed consolidated model.
What you can do:
- Contact your own State Representative and urge them to oppose consolidation and specifically the elimination of an independent Board Of Psychology
- Contact any/all members of the House Finance Committee
- Contact any/all members of the Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Government and Agency Review which is holding hearings on the Board of Psychology on March 8th
- Write letters to the editor of your local paper
- Write Op-Ed articles for your paper
Prior to talking to or writing your legislators, please review these talking points.
More from OSPA Executive Director Ann Brennan: Please make these contacts either by email, through a letter or phone call, highlight a few significant points from the talking points and politely ask they consider your viewpoints. OSPA will prepare testimony for March 8, and will continue to collaborate with OPA and other organizations.
Thank you for taking action!