FL HB 0373 Has Passed – NOW Law 491.0045 Sets time limit for Registered Interns to become licensed

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FL HB 0373 Has Passed – NOW Law 491.0045 Sets time limit for Registered Interns to become licensed

Updated post November 27, 2018:

491.0045 Intern registration; requirements.— . . .

(5) An intern registration is valid for 5 years.
1(6) A registration issued on or before March 31, 2017, expires March 31, 2022, and may not be renewed or reissued. Any registration issued after March 31, 2017, expires 60 months after the date it is issued. A subsequent intern registration may not be issued unless the candidate has passed the theory and practice examination described in s. 491.005(1)(d), (3)(d), and (4)(d).
(7) An individual who has held a provisional license issued by the board may not apply for an intern registration in the same profession.
     History.—s. 10, ch. 97-198; s. 202, ch. 97-264; s. 165, ch. 99-397; s. 1, ch. 2016-80; s. 48, ch. 2016-241.
1Note.—As created by s. 48, ch. 2016-241. For a description of multiple acts in the same session affecting a statutory provision, see preface to the Florida Statutes, “Statutory Construction.” Subsection (6) was also created by s. 1, ch. 2016-80, and that version reads:
     (6) An intern registration issued on or before April 1, 2017, expires March 31, 2022, and may not be renewed or reissued. A registration issued after April 1, 2017, expires 60 months after the date of issuance. No subsequent intern registration may be issued unless the candidate has passed the theory and practice examination described in s. 491.005(1)(d), (3)(d), and (4)(d).

Please share this information with Qualified Supervisors and Florida impending Graduate students and Registered Interns

CS/HB 373 — Mental Health Counseling Interns
by Health Quality Subcommittee; Rep. Burgess and others (SB 858 by Senator Legg)
The bill requires that a clinical social work, marriage and family, or mental health counseling intern practice under the supervision of a licensed clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, or mental health counselor, as applicable, at all times. It clarifies that an intern may only practice if the supervising or another licensed mental health professional is onsite.

The bill limits the duration of a registered internship to five years, with a grandfathering provision for licenses issued before April 1, 2017. These intern registrations expire March 31,2022, and may not be renewed or reissued. The internship may only be renewed if the registration is issued after April 1, 2017, and the intern has passed the theory and practice examination required for full licensure.
The bill prohibits a person who has held a provisional license from applying for an intern registration in the same profession.
3/24/2016 • Approved by Governor • Chapter No. 2016-80 http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2016/0373/BillText/er/PDF


– Catherine L. Waltz, PhD, LCSW is an adjunct professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Barry University. She is a continuing education provider in the state of Florida providing courses on professional ethics, laws and rules, supervision, mental health error prevention and is a specialist in domestic violence.

legalscalesThe educational commentaries provided by Dr. Waltz do not constitute a legal opinion. If legal advice is needed, it is recommended that contact be made with an attorney qualified in the jurisdiction in which you practice or is applicable to your case. We recommend that you use your knowledge of the law and your code of ethics in conjunction with this and any other information when deciding upon your course of action.

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