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Name Change Legislation

Thursday, December 5, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Advocacy

Senate Bill 537, a bill that changes the title Licensed Professional Counselor to Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, was adopted by the General Assembly on October 31 and signed by Governor Cooper on November 6.  In addition to changing the name of “licensed professional counselor” to “licensed clinical mental health counselor”, the bill will also allow the Licensing Board to establish a program for licensees who may be experiencing substance use disorders, burnout, compassion fatigue, and other mental health concerns and allow the Board to refer any licensee to the program as part of the disciplinary process. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2020. The final version of SB 537 adopted by the General Assembly can be viewed here: https://www.ncleg.gov/Sessions/2019/Bills/Senate/PDF/S537v4.pdf


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