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Take Action: State Board of Psychology to be Eliminated

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
NEW BOARD:      
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:

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!

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