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A07791 Summary:

BILL NOA07791
 
SAME ASSAME AS S06100
 
SPONSORGunther
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
 
Relates to requiring the commissioner of the department of civil service to prepare a report on mental health practitioner classification.
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A07791 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A7791
 
SPONSOR: Gunther
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to require the commissioner of the department of civil service to prepare a report regarding the classification of mental health practi- tioners   PURPOSE: To establish civil service titles for Article 163 mental health practi- tioners.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill directs the New York State Department of Civil Service to prepare a report by July 1, 2022 with regard to establishing classifica- tions for Mental. Health Practitioners licensed under Article 163 of the State Education Law.   JUSTIFICATION: Article 163 Mental Health Practitioners (Mental Health Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychoanalysts and Creative Arts Thera- pists) currently practice in New York State agencies and state-supported community-based organizations. However, since these licenses did not exist prior to 2006, there are no civil service titles for these professions. As New York State positions itself to end the current state agency exemption from professional licensure for certain entities and individ- uals providing services within the scopes of practice of social work, psychology and mental health practitioners, creation of civil service titles for MHPs would provide employment stability. The State Education Department, in its report Pursuant to Chapter 57 of 2013, found that the lack of titles has "presented challenges to state agencies and-pro- grams." SED concluded that "there is agreement that the Department of Civil Service should revise job titles to reflect the new professions established in Article 163 and require an applicant to be licensed in order to hold a Civil Service position, in order to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public. The creation of appropriate titles will provide opportunities for qualified licensees seeking to.provide services in state or local government programs, as well as in the volun- tary not-for-profit sector" (p. 14).   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2020: S.3151 - Referred to Civil Service and Pensions 2019: S.3151 - Committed to Rules 2018: A.8140 - Referred to Governmental Employees / S.8354 - Referred to Civil Service & Pensions   EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill shall take effect immediately
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