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H.B. 174






Chief Sponsor: Ronda Rudd Menlove

Senate Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill provides for the licensing of vocational rehabilitation counselors by the
             11      Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    enacts the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Licensing Act;
             15          .    provides definitions regarding a licensed vocational rehabilitation counselor and the
             16      practice of providing vocational rehabilitation services;
             17          .    creates the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Licensing Board and provides for
             18      its duties and responsibilities;
             19          .    provides for licensing qualifications, for licensure by credential, for the term of the
             20      license and its renewal, and for exemptions from licensure;
             21          .    provides grounds for the denial, suspension, or revocation of a license or restrictions
             22      placed on a license issued under the act; and
             23          .    defines unlawful and unprofessional conduct as related to licensed vocational
             24      rehabilitation counselors.
             25      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             26          None
             27      Other Special Clauses:

             28          None
             29      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             30      ENACTS:
             31          58-78-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32          58-78-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             33          58-78-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             34          58-78-301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             35          58-78-302, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             36          58-78-303, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             37          58-78-304, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             38          58-78-401, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             39          58-78-501, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             40          58-78-502, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             42      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             43          Section 1. Section 58-78-101 is enacted to read:


Part 1. General Provisions

             47          58-78-101. Title.
             48          This chapter is known as the "Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Licensing Act."
             49          Section 2. Section 58-78-102 is enacted to read:
             50          58-78-102. Definitions.
             51          In addition to the definitions in Section 58-1-102 , as used in this chapter:
             52          (1) "Board" means the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Licensing Board created
             53      in Section 58-78-201 .
             54          (2) "Licensed vocational rehabilitation counselor" means an individual licensed under
             55      this chapter who is engaged in the practice of providing vocational rehabilitation services.
             56          (3) "Practice of providing vocational rehabilitation services" means rendering or
             57      offering to an individual, group, organization, or the general public vocational rehabilitation
             58      services:

             59          (a) in private practice;
             60          (b) for compensation; and
             61          (c) involving the application of principles, methods, or procedures of the vocational
             62      rehabilitation counseling profession, which include:
             63          (i) vocational assessment;
             64          (ii) vocational rehabilitation counseling and guidance;
             65          (iii) vocational and other training services;
             66          (iv) self-employment plans;
             67          (v) job analysis; and
             68          (vi) job placement.
             69          Section 3. Section 58-78-201 is enacted to read:
Part 2. Board

             71          58-78-201. Board.
             72          (1) There is created the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Licensing Board
             73      consisting of four licensed vocational rehabilitation counselors and one individual representing
             74      the general public.
             75          (2) The board shall be appointed and serve in accordance with Section 58-1-201 .
             76          (3) (a) The duties and responsibilities of the board shall be in accordance with Sections
             77      58-1-202 and 58-1-203 .
             78          (b) The board may also designate one of its members on a rotating or permanent basis
             79      to:
             80          (i) assist the division in reviewing complaints concerning unlawful or unprofessional
             81      conduct of a licensee; and
             82          (ii) advise the division in its investigation of these complaints.
             83          (4) A board member who has, under Subsection (3), reviewed a complaint or advised
             84      in its investigation may be disqualified from participating with the board when the board serves
             85      as a presiding officer in an adjudicative proceeding concerning that complaint.
             86          Section 4. Section 58-78-301 is enacted to read:
Part 3. Licensing

             88          58-78-301. License required.
             89          (1) Beginning January 1, 2010, and except as provided in Sections 58-1-307 and

             90      58-78-304 , a license is required to engage in the practice of vocational rehabilitation
             91      counseling.
             92          (2) The division shall issue to an individual who qualifies under this chapter a license
             93      to practice vocational rehabilitation counseling.
             94          Section 5. Section 58-78-302 is enacted to read:
             95          58-78-302. Qualifications for licensure -- Licensure by credential.
             96          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), an applicant for licensure as a vocational
             97      rehabilitation counselor under this chapter shall:
             98          (a) submit an application in a form as prescribed by the division;
             99          (b) pay a fee determined by the department under Section 63J-1-303 ;
             100          (c) be of good moral character;
             101          (d) provide satisfactory evidence of having earned a master's degree in rehabilitation
             102      counseling or a related field and 4,000 hours of work experience under the supervision of a
             103      licensed vocational rehabilitation counselor; and
             104          (e) after January 1, 2011, meet the examination requirement established by rule by the
             105      division in collaboration with the board.
             106          (2) The division may issue a license under this chapter to an individual who is licensed
             107      in another state or jurisdiction to practice vocational rehabilitation counseling if the division
             108      finds that the other state or jurisdiction has substantially the same or higher licensure
             109      requirements as this state.
             110          Section 6. Section 58-78-303 is enacted to read:
             111          58-78-303. Term of license -- Expiration -- Renewal.
             112          (1) The division shall issue each license under this chapter in accordance with a
             113      two-year renewal cycle established by rule.
             114          (2) The division may extend or shorten a renewal cycle by as much as one year to
             115      maintain an established renewal cycle or to change an established renewal cycle.
             116          (3) Each license automatically expires on the expiration date shown on the license
             117      unless renewed by the licensee in accordance with Section 58-1-308 .
             118          Section 7. Section 58-78-304 is enacted to read:
             119          58-78-304. Exemption from licensure.
             120          In addition to the exemptions from licensure in Section 58-1-307 , the following may

             121      engage in the practice of vocational rehabilitation counseling subject to the stated
             122      circumstances and limitations, without being licensed under this chapter if they do not use the
             123      title of vocational rehabilitation counselor or are not directly represented or held out to the
             124      public to be legally qualified to engage in the practice of vocational rehabilitation counseling
             125      before the public in this state:
             126          (1) an individual employed or supervised by a licensed vocational rehabilitation
             127      counselor while carrying out specific tasks under the licensee's supervision; and
             128          (2) a priest, rabbi, or minister of the gospel of any religious denomination.
             129          Section 8. Section 58-78-401 is enacted to read:
Part 4. License Denial and Discipline

             131          58-78-401. Grounds for denial of license -- Disciplinary proceedings.
             132          Grounds for the division to refuse to issue a license to an applicant under this chapter,
             133      to refuse to renew the license of a licensee, to revoke, suspend, restrict, or place on probation
             134      the license of a licensee, to issue a public or private reprimand to a licensee, and to issue a
             135      cease and desist order to a licensee shall be in accordance with Section 58-1-401 .
             136          Section 9. Section 58-78-501 is enacted to read:
Part 5. Unlawful and Unprofessional Conduct

             138          58-78-501. Unlawful conduct.
             139          In addition to the definition in Section 58-1-501 , "unlawful conduct" includes using the
             140      title "vocational rehabilitation counselor" or any other title or designation tending to indicate
             141      that the individual is a vocational rehabilitation counselor unless the individual has a current
             142      license as a vocational rehabilitation counselor issued under this chapter.
             143          Section 10. Section 58-78-502 is enacted to read:
             144          58-78-502. Unprofessional conduct.
             145          "Unprofessional conduct" includes, in addition to the definition in Section 58-1-501 and
             146      as may be further defined by rule, engaging in an act or practice in a professional capacity
             147      which the licensee is not competent to perform through training or experience.

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    as of 2-18-09 3:06 PM

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