Ohio Psychology Laws Revised Effective 3/20/2014 – What You Need to Know

Posted Date: June 23rd, 2014 |

ORC 4732 (Ohio’s psychology and school psychology licensing law) had not been
comprehensively updated since its enactment in 1972. Although there have been
several piecemeal amendments since then, the profession of psychology and its
regulation have changed substantially over the past forty years, and important
updates to ORC 4732 were needed.  The Jones Law Group represents psychologists with regulatory and licencing matters throughout the state of Ohio.  For questions please contact us at (614) 545-9998.

The Following are Several Highlights of Legislative Changes to ORC 4732:

  • Allows readmission to the EPPP after 30 days, rather than 6 months 
  • Permits the Board to consider emergency summary suspension of a licensee via teleconference 
  • Permits the Board to issue investigation-related subpoenas under strict circumstances 
  • Permits the Board to refer a licensee or applicant for medical or psychological evaluation with cause 
  • Adds bases for disciplinary action consistent with other healthcare regulatory boards 
  • Eliminates the “second mailing” of license renewal notices 
  • Adds a license category for Retired Psychologists and School Psychologists, effective renewal 2016 
  • Establishes fee increases or new fees: license renewal fee from $350 to $360 effective renewal 2016, to $365 effective renewal 2020; license reinstatement/ late MCE penalty fee from $50 to $250 effective 3/20/14; application and initial licensure fee from $125 to $300 effective 3/20/2014; written verification of licensure from $0 to $40 effective 3/20/14; nonresident application for permission for temporary practice in Ohio from $0 to $75; retired psychologist or school psychologist status $50 during biennial renewal effective renewal 2016 
  • Retains the twenty-three hour MCE requirement but will require an additional hour of MCE in ethics and professional conduct (4 hours) and includes MCE in the role of culture and/or ethnic identity as part of that category, effective renewal 2016 
  • Permits the Board to require CE in the provision of psychological supervision 
  • Allows the Board to develop or approve a colleague assistance program and allow the Board to refer licensees and applicants to the program as part of its enforcement responsibilities

Please read the bill and do not rely exclusively on this courtesy summary. 

This is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. If you have additional questions regarding this or any other psychology rules or regulations please contact us at (614) 545-9998.

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