Approved Legislation - 2009

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You can download the current version of the Board's Statutes and Regulations Relating to the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy, Educational Psychology, and Clinical Social Work. The Board's Statutes and Regulations contain sections of the California Business and Professions Code and the California Code of Regulations. The publication also contains miscellaneous code sections from the California Health and Safety Code and the California Welfare and Institutions Code.

The following bills became effective January 1, 2009:

AB 1897 (Emmerson) Acceptance of degrees conferred by schools approved by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education
This bill allows the Board to accept degrees for MFT Intern registration or for MFT licensure from the following:

  • Schools accredited by regional accrediting bodies that are equivalent to Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC); and,
  • Schools that were approved by BPPVE (as of June 30, 2007) through December 11, 2011.

SB 164 (Smyth) Immunity for Marriage and Family Therapy Schools
This bill provides a qualified immunity for persons who communicate with a marriage and family therapy school, when the communication is intended to aid in the evaluation of the qualifications, fitness, character or insurability of the healing arts practitioner. Chapter 23, Statutes of 2008.

AB 1922 (Hernandez) Peer Review
This bill adds MFTs and LCSWs to the list of healing arts practitioners defined as "licentiates" under the peer review statutes relating to notice of final proposed action. Chapter 25, Statutes of 2008.

SB 963 (Ridley-Thomas) Oversight of DCA Boards and Bureaus
Current law allows the Board to become inoperative July 1, 2009. This bill extends the Board inoperative date to January 1, 2011. Chapter 385, Statutes of 2008.