Mental Health Services License

Sets American Psychological Association standards for the
doctoral degree and internship. (HB1906 HD1)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           H.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  Section 465-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 2 amended by amending the definition of "professional psychology
 3 training program" to read as follows:
 4      ""Professional psychology training program" means a doctoral
 5 training program that includes (1) and (2), or (1) and (3) of the
 6 following:
 7      (1)  Is a planned program of study which reflects an
 8           integration of the science and practice of psychology
 9           including practica and internship; and
10      (2)  Is designated as a doctoral program in psychology by
11           the Association of State and Provincial Psychology
12           Boards and the National Register of Health Service
13           Providers in Psychology or is accredited by [the
14           American Psychological Association or] the Canadian
15           Psychological Association; or
16      (3)  Is offered in a regionally accredited institution of
17           higher education."
18      SECTION 2.  Section 465-7, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
19 amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:

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 1      "(a)  Every applicant for a license as a psychologist shall
 2 submit evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant
 3 meets the following requirements:
 4      (1)  The applicant for licensure shall possess a doctoral
 5           degree from [a]:
 6           (A)  An American Psychological Association approved
 7                program in clinical psychology; or
 8           (B)  A professional psychology training program,
 9                awarded by an institution of higher education, or
10                from a regionally accredited institution;
11      (2)  The applicant for licensure shall demonstrate that the
12           applicant has completed [two years] one year of post
13           doctoral supervised experience in health service in
14           psychology, and:
15           (A)  An internship approved by the American
16                Psychological Association; or
17           (B)  One year of supervised experience in health
18                service in psychology, [of which at least one year
19                is] in an internship or residency program in an
20                organized health service training program[, and
21                one year is post doctoral]; and
22      (3)  The applicant for licensure has passed a written
23           examination as may be prescribed by the board."

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 1      SECTION 3.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
 2 New statutory material is underscored.
 3      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.