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          Date of Hearing:  April 22, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          1374 (Levine) - As Amended April 6, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  YesReimbursable:   
          No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill addresses issues related to the regulation of  
          psychology, as follows:









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          1)Revises the submission requirements for a form that verifies a  
            license applicant has met the experience hours required for  
            licensure, allowing the form to be submitted by the applicant  
            instead of requiring it be submitted by one or more  
            supervisors, and allows experience hours to be gained in  
            Canada.


          2)Brings psychology services for which a licensee receives no  
            fee under the jurisdiction of the Board of Psychology (BOP)  
            (which clarifies psychology services provided on a volunteer  
            basis are both allowable and subject to oversight).


          3)Slightly modifies the definition of what the application of  
            psychology includes, to add "assessment" as well as  
            "intervention in order to increase effective functioning of  
            individuals, groups, and organizations."


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Negligible state fiscal effect.  The streamlining of  
          verification of experience requirements may lead to minor  
          administrative efficiencies.  


          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose.  This bill is sponsored by the BOP to address several  
            issues that have been discussed at BOP meetings.  This bill  
            will allow for a speedier initial licensure process, as  
            applicants will be able to submit their own forms verifying  
            they have met experience requirements.  Additionally, it will  
            provide for additional clarity and oversight for psychology  
            services delivered on a volunteer basis.








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          2)Related Legislation.  AB 773 (Baker) and AB 705 (Eggman),  
            being heard today, also relate to BOP licensure issues.  AB  
            773 changes the expiration date of a psychology license.  AB  
            705 requires all individuals performing psychology to become  
            licensed within five years.





          Analysis Prepared by:Lisa Murawski / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081