Michigan Senate Bill 273
Below are examples of misinformation being circulated regarding SB273 and the factual information in response as compiled by the MAPP Board of Directors. Please share this information with any/all LLP's. If you should hear additional misinformation or have any questions please feel free to contact us at (248) 869-0065 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Senate Bill 273
LLPs (Limited Licensed Psychologists) will be grandfathered into the LPA (Licensed Psychological Associate), but will have to take the EPPP (Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology)
Misinformation No. 2.
Insurances will not pay the LPA.
Misinformation No. 3.
6000 hours of supervised practice after graduation.
The supervision requirement has been decreased to 6000 hours over 3 years, rather than the current requirement for lifetime supervision. In other states, the residency requirements were reviewed, and they ranged from 2000 to 10,000. It was felt that when the LPA has the ability to engage in independent practice, that those practitioners have been well educated and well trained. This will actually strengthen the LPA license. Activities that count toward the 6000 hours will be determined when the rules are established (input about this is desired). It is likely that the covered activities will be similar to the current rules.
Misinformation No. 4.
Our advertising will be restricted.
The LPA will be able to freely advertise without the restrictions placed on the LLPs who cannot advertise unless his/her supervisor advertises on his/her behalf. LPA advertising guidelines will be the same as the LPs. LPAs will use our own names and degrees and licensing information.
Misinformation No. 5.
LPAs will not be able to engage in testing/assessments.
Valid? No, No, No.
Misinformation No. 6.
Supervision requirements will change for public/government settings.
How supervision is conducted for LLPs/LPAs in State/government and non-profit organizatios will remain the same. The current waiver of the supervision requirement for the public and non-profit sectors will remain unchanged.
Misinformation No. 7.
The LPA license will reduce job opportunities.
Independent practice (under any title) will attract job opportunities. There have been many LLPs who have worked in the public sector, then wanted to move to the private sector and have been refused jobs due to the supervision requirement. Thus, they have been “job locked”. The independent license will allow broader opportunities and allow LPAs to compete on a level playing field with other master-level practitioners. Finally, LPAs will be able to access private, public and non-profit settings equally.
Misinformation No. 8.
Because of the 6000 hour residency, fewer graduate students will choose to go into Psychology.
According to our meetings with graduate school program directors, and according to feedback from many students themselves, it is clear that the choice to NOT go into psychology was based on the eternal supervision problem and the restricted work possibilities. The psychology program directors are encouraged that the independent license, regardless of the residency hours, will attract more people who want to be trained in psychology. They feel it will attract more and better qualified students.
We have heard from students whose hearts are in psychology, and they know they will be better trained in psychology programs, but for career purposes have opted for other graduate programs just because of the eternal supervision problem. Independent practice will solve this dilemma for them. Independent practice under the LPA will remove the barrier for many prospective students.
Misinformation No. 9.
Senate Bill 273 increases the amount of regulation.
Senate Bill 273 decreases the amount of regulations—LPAs do not have to register their supervisors, and supervisors do not have to list their supervisees. Hours of supervision do not need to be regulated. Incidences of LLPs being cited for advertising infractions will be pretty much eliminated. The “exceptions” to the licensing regulations will be less. Senate Bill 273 streamlines the whole process.
MAPP and MPA hope that this helps dispel some of the misinformation some of us have been hearing. Please feel free to spread this information to others. If you hear any other misinformation, please do not hesitate to contact MAPP.
And thank you once again for supporting Senate Bill 273, currently in the House Regulatory Reform Committee.