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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1559         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 921

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Paul R. Heroux

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act improving access to rehabilitation counseling.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

William M. Straus

10th Bristol

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Thomas M. McGee

Third Essex

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Carlo Basile

1st Suffolk

John J. Binienda

17th Worcester

Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol

Marcos A. Devers

16th Essex

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1559        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 921

By Mr.  Heroux of Attleboro, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 921) of Paul R. Heroux and others for legislation to include licensed rehabilitation counselors in the definition of licensed mental health professionals.  Financial Services. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 3566 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act improving access to rehabilitation counseling.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Section 22 of Chapter 32A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking the final paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:—

              For the purposes of this section, “licensed mental health professional” shall mean a licensed physician who specializes in the practice of psychiatry, a licensed psychologist, a licensed independent clinical social worker, a licensed mental health counselor, a licensed nurse mental health clinical specialist, or a licensed rehabilitation counselor.

              SECTION 2. Section 47B of Chapter 175 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking the second paragraph in subsection (i) and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:—

              For the purposes of this section, “licensed mental health professional” shall mean a licensed physician who specializes in the practice of psychiatry, a licensed psychologist, a licensed independent clinical social worker, a licensed mental health counselor, a licensed nurse mental health clinical specialist, or a licensed rehabilitation counselor.

              SECTION 3. Section 8A of Chapter 176A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking the second paragraph in subsection (i) and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:—

              For the purposes of this section, “licensed mental health professional” shall mean a licensed physician who specializes in the practice of psychiatry, a licensed psychologist, a licensed independent clinical social worker, a licensed mental health counselor, a licensed nurse mental health clinical specialist, or a licensed rehabilitation counselor.

              SECTION 4. Section 4A of Chapter 176B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking the second paragraph in subsection (i) and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:—

              For the purposes of this section, “licensed mental health professional” shall mean a licensed physician who specializes in the practice of psychiatry, a licensed psychologist, a licensed independent clinical social worker, a licensed mental health counselor, a licensed nurse mental health clinical specialist, or a licensed rehabilitation counselor.

              SECTION 5. Section 4M of Chapter 176G of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking the second paragraph in subsection (i) and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:— For the purposes of this section, “licensed mental health professional” shall mean a licensed physician who specializes in the practice of psychiatry, a licensed psychologist, a licensed independent clinical social worker, a licensed mental health counselor, a licensed nurse mental health clinical specialist, or a licensed rehabilitation counselor.

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