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WAC 388-865-0265: Mental health professional—Exception

Published: 2015

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WAC 388-865-0265

Mental health professional—Exception.

The regional support network may request an exception of the requirements of a mental health professional for a person with less than a masters degree level of training. The mental health division may grant an exception of the minimum requirements on a time-limited basis and only with a demonstrated need for an exception under the following conditions:
(1) The regional support network has made a written request for an exception including:
(a) Demonstration of the need for an exception;
(b) The name of the person for whom an exception is being requested;
(c) The functions which the person will be performing;
(d) A statement from the regional support network that the person is qualified to perform the required functions based on verification of required education and training, including:
(i) Bachelor of arts or sciences degree from an accredited college or university;
(ii) Course work or training in making diagnoses, assessments, and developing treatment plans; and
(iii) Documentation of at least five years of direct treatment of persons with mental illness under the supervision of a mental health professional.
(2) The regional support network assures that periodic supervisory evaluations of the individual's job performance are conducted;
(3) The regional support network submits a plan of action to assure the individual will become qualified no later than two years from the date of exception. The regional support network may apply for renewal of the exception. The exception may not be transferred to another regional support network or to use for an individual other than the one named in the exception;
(4) If compliance with this rule causes a disproportionate economic impact on a small business as defined in the Regulatory Fairness Act, chapter 19.85 RCW, and the business does not contract with a regional support network, the small business may request the exception directly from the mental health division.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 71.05.560, 71.24.035 (5)(c), 71.34.800, 9.41.047, 43.20B.020, and 43.20B.335. WSR 01-12-047, § 388-865-0265, filed 5/31/01, effective 7/1/01.]