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          CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS


          AB  
          773 (Baker)


          As Amended  September 1, 2015


          Majority vote


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          Original Committee Reference:  B. & P.


          SUMMARY:  Changes the expiration date of a psychologist's  
          license from the licensee's birthdate to two-years after the  
          date of issuance.  Specifically, this bill:  


          1)Deletes the current birthdate renewal system for a  
            psychologist's license.


          2)Provides that a psychologist's license will expire at midnight  
            on the last date of a two-year period from the date the  
            license was issued.


          3)Deletes the requirement for the Board of Psychology (BOP) to  
            establish regulation procedures for the birthdate renewal  
            program as specified.









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          The Senate amendments added licensees, certificate holders or  
          registrants under the Medical Board of California to the revised  
          birthdate renewal system and subsequently deleted those  
          requirements.  


          FISCAL EFFECT:  According to the Senate Appropriations  
          Committee, annual revenue losses to the BOP of about $80,000 per  
          year (Psychology Fund).  The BOP will experience reduced fee  
          revenues of about $100 per year for each of the 800 applicants  
          for new licensure each year.


          COMMENTS:  


          Purpose.  This bill is sponsored by the BOP.  According to the  
          author, "This bill will amend [BPC] Section 2982, which  
          addresses the renewal and expiration of psychology licenses  
          under the [BOP's] birth date renewal system.  The bill would  
          replace the current birth date renewal system with a new system  
          in which licenses will expire at midnight on the last date of a  
          two-year period following the initial issuance date.  This bill  
          will provide clarity and consistency for psychology licensure."


          Background.  This bill will revise the BOP's current licensure  
          renewal program by specifying that a psychologist's license will  
          expire at midnight on the last day of a two-year period from  
          when the license was issued as opposed to the current system  
          which requires a license to expire on the licensee's birthdate.   



          Licensure Requirements.  Licensed psychologists are required to  
          obtain a doctoral degree from an accredited institution in  
          psychology, educational psychology or in a field specializing in  
          counseling psychology or educational psychology.  Psychologists  
          are required to complete 3000 hours (minimum two-years) of  
          supervised experience, of which 1500 must be completed after  
          obtaining a doctoral degree.  Current license holders are  








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          required to renew their license every two years based on their  
          birth date.  


          Birthdate Renewal for Licensure.  The BOP utilizes a birth date  
          renewal system for its licensing population which was  
          implemented more than 20 years ago.  The birth date renewal  
          system was intended to spread out the BOP's revenue and work  
          flow with respect to processing renewal applications during peak  
          application times.  The current birth date renewal program does  
          not offer a prorated license fee for initial licenses. 


          Under the birthdate renewal system, licenses are issued for a  
          period of between 12 and 24 months based on the issue date and  
          the licensee's birth month.  For example, if a license is issued  
          March 26, 2014, and the licensee has a February birthday, the  
          license will expire on February 29, 2016 (or 23 months and 5  
          days); however, if the license is issued March 26, 2014, and the  
          licensee has a March birthday, the license will expire on March  
          31, 2015 (only 12 months and five days from issuance) and both  
          licensees would pay the same initial license fee and renewal fee  
          of $400 regardless if the license has been issued for between 12  
          and 24 months.  This bill will change the renewal date cycle,  
          thereby placing all licensed psychologists on the same renewal  
          cycle which will be based on issuance dates rather than  
          birthdates.  This should alleviate the concerns of any new  
          licensee who is paying the full licensure fee for an abbreviated  
          initial licensing timeframe.  


          Currently, there are a number of licensing boards under the  
          Department of Consumer Affairs which utilize a birth date  
          renewal system including the Acupuncture Board, the Board of  
          Occupational Therapy, the Dental Board, the Medical Board, the  
          Physical Therapy Board, the Veterinarian Medical Board, and the  
          Board of Occupational Therapy.  


          Analysis Prepared by:                                             
                          Elissa Silva / B. & P. / (916) 319-3301  FN:  
          0001981








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