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HCS CSSB 105(FIN): "An Act relating to the licensure of marital and family therapists; relating to medical assistance for marital and family therapy services; and providing for an effective date."

00                HOUSE CS FOR CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 105(FIN)                                                             
01 "An Act relating to the licensure of marital and family therapists; relating to medical                                 
02 assistance for marital and family therapy services; and providing for an effective date."                               
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1. AS 08.63.100(a) is amended to read:                                                                   
05            (a)  The board shall issue a license to practice marital and family therapy to a                             
06       person who                                                                                                        
07                 (1)  applies on a form provided by the board;                                                           
08                 (2)  pays the fee established under AS 08.01.065;                                                       
09                 (3)  furnishes evidence satisfactory to the board that the person                                       
10                      (A)  has not engaged in conduct that is a ground for imposing                                      
11            disciplinary sanctions under AS 08.63.210;                                                                   
12 (B)  holds a master's degree or doctorate in marital and family                                                         
13 therapy or allied mental health field from a regionally accredited educational                                          
14 institution approved by the board for which the person completed a course of                                            
01            study that included instruction substantially equivalent to the following:                                   
02                           (i)  three courses or nine semester or 12 quarter hours of                                    
03                 course work in marital and family therapy;                                                              
04                           (ii)  three courses or nine semester or 12 quarter hours of                                   
05                 course work in marital and family studies;                                                              
06                           (iii)  three courses or nine semester or 12 quarter hours                                     
07                 of course work in human development;                                                                    
08                           (iv)  one course or three semester or four quarter hours                                      
09                 of course work in professional studies or professional ethics and law;                                  
10 (v)  one course or three semester or four quarter hours of                                                              
11                 course work in research; and                                                                            
12 (vi)  one year of supervised clinical practice in marital                                                               
13                 and family therapy;                                                                                     
14 (C)  after receiving a degree described in (B) of this paragraph,                                                       
15            has                                                                                                          
16 [(i)]  practiced supervised marital and family therapy,                                                             
17 including 1,700 [1,500] hours of [DIRECT] clinical contact with                                                     
18                 couples, individuals, and families; the 1,700 hours of [AND                                         
19 (ii)  BEEN SUPERVISED IN THE] clinical contact                                                                          
20 must include [FOR] at least [200 HOURS, INCLUDING] 100 hours                                                        
21 of individual supervision and 100 hours of group supervision approved                                                   
22 by the board; the 100 hours of individual supervision and 100 hours                                                 
23 of group supervision may be conducted by one or more                                                                
24                 supervisors;                                                                                        
25                      (D)  has received training related to domestic violence; and                                       
26 (E)  has passed a written or oral examination administered by                                                           
27            the board.                                                                                                   
28    * Sec. 2. AS 08.63.120(b) is amended to read:                                                                      
29            (b)  A person who supervises a licensee under this section during                                        
30                 (1)  individual supervision must                                                                    
31 (A) [(1)]  have practiced marital and family therapy for five                                                       
01            years;                                                                                                       
02                      (B) [(2)]  be licensed under this chapter; and                                                 
03                      (C) [(3)]  meet the minimum standards established by the board                                 
04            for approved supervisors; or                                                                             
05                 (2)  group supervision must be licensed to practice as                                              
06                      (A)  a professional counselor under AS 08.29;                                                  
07                      (B)  a marital and family therapist under AS 08.63;                                            
08                      (C)  a physician under AS 08.64 who is a psychiatrist;                                         
09                      (D)  an advanced practice registered nurse under AS 08.68                                      
10 who is certified to provide psychiatric or mental health services by an                                             
11            entity recognized by the Board of Nursing;                                                               
12                      (E)  a psychologist under AS 08.86; or                                                         
13                      (F)  a clinical social worker under AS 08.95.                                                  
14    * Sec. 3. AS 47.07.030(b) is amended to read:                                                                      
15 (b)  In addition to the mandatory services specified in (a) of this section and the                                     
16 services provided under (d) of this section, the department may offer only the                                          
17 following optional services: case management services for traumatic or acquired brain                                   
18 injury; case management and nutrition services for pregnant women; personal care                                        
19 services in a recipient's home; emergency hospital services; long-term care                                             
20 noninstitutional services; medical supplies and equipment; advanced practice                                            
21 registered nurse services; clinic services; rehabilitative services for children eligible                               
22 for services under AS 47.07.063, substance abusers, and emotionally disturbed or                                        
23 chronically mentally ill adults; targeted case management services; inpatient                                           
24 psychiatric facility services for individuals 65 years of age or older and individuals                                  
25 under 21 years of age; psychologists' services; clinical social workers' services;                                      
26 marital and family therapy services; midwife services; prescribed drugs; physical                                   
27 therapy; occupational therapy; chiropractic services; low-dose mammography                                              
28 screening, as defined in AS 21.42.375(e); hospice care; treatment of speech, hearing,                                   
29 and language disorders; adult dental services; prosthetic devices and eyeglasses;                                       
30 optometrists' services; intermediate care facility services, including intermediate care                                
31 facility services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities; skilled                                 
01       nursing facility services for individuals under 21 years of age; and reasonable                                   
02       transportation to and from the point of medical care.                                                             
03    * Sec. 4. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
04 read:                                                                                                                   
05 TRANSITION: REGULATIONS. The Department of Health and Social Services and                                               
06 the Board of Marital and Family Therapy may adopt regulations necessary to implement the                                
07 changes made by this Act. The regulations take effect under AS 44.62 (Administrative                                    
08 Procedure Act), but not before the effective date of the law implemented by the regulation.                             
09    * Sec. 5. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
10 read:                                                                                                                   
11 REPORT TO LEGISLATURE. (a) The Department of Health and Social Services                                                 
12 shall prepare a report that describes the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the coverage of                       
13 marital and family therapy services as provided in AS 47.07.030(b), as amended by sec. 3 of                             
14 this Act. The report must include the distribution of services provided by billing code and the                         
15 diversion from more expensive alternatives.                                                                             
16       (b)  On or before November 30, 2021, the Department of Health and Social Services                                 
17 shall deliver the report under (a) of this section to the senate secretary and the chief clerk of                       
18 the house of representatives and notify the legislature that the report is available.                                   
19    * Sec. 6. Section 4 of this Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).                                    
20    * Sec. 7. Except as provided in sec. 6 of this Act, this Act takes effect January 1, 2019.