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Board's Authority

As authorized by Wyoming Statutes 33-38-101 through 33-38-113, the Mental Health Professions Licensing Board is empowered to provide for the licensure, certification and regulation of professional counselors, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, addictions therapists, social workers, addictions practitioners, addictions practitioner assistants and mental health workers practicing in Wyoming.

Informal Comment for Proposed Rules

The Mental Health Professions Licensing Board is asking for INFORMAL comments on the attached rules. These are rough draft rules the Board has been working on and the Board would like informal comments before entering the official promulgation process. If you have any comments please send them to WYOMHPLB@wyo.gov and please put RULES in the subject line.

There will be future notices once the Board has decided to move forward with the official promulgation period. Please put any informal comments in by December 1, 2014.

THANK YOU!

Statement of Reasons
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No changes to Chapters 14, 16, 17 and 18


Board's Mission

The Board is legislatively mandated to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Wyoming by ensuring that those individuals licensed or certified to provide these mental health services in this state are appropriately qualified.

Who Must Be Licensed or Certified

Wyoming is a Practice Act and Title Protection state. This means that persons must be licensed or certified by the Board in order to provide the services defined herein. It also means that only persons licensed or certified by the Board may identify themselves with the titles restricted. Of course, as with most laws, there are exemptions. Exempted individuals who may practice the professions regulated without holding a license issued by the Board are:
  • Qualified members of other legally recognized professions who are otherwise licensed or certified by this state provided they do not represent themselves as licensed to practice these mental health professions. (Such as physicians, psychologists, advanced nurse practitioners with a psychiatric specialty, school counselors and school social workers.)
  • Students providing supervised services as part of a practicum or internship during their degree programs in an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Nonresidents who are licensed or certified by another state regulatory board, who do not provide services in this state for more than thirty (30) days during any calendar year.
  • A rabbi, priest, minister, clergy or any person acting as a lay religious counselor of any religious denomination or sect provided that the services are within the scope of regular or specialized ministerial duties, the counseling is clearly identified as being based on religious principles and there is no fee for services.
  • Persons offering unpaid volunteer services for organizations or charities provided that these persons are approved by the organizations or agencies for whom the services are rendered.
(Specific definitions of exemptions are detailed in W.S. 33-38-103.)

The Licenses and Certifications and What They Mean
Use of the initials LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) and LAT (Licensed Addictions Therapist) represents that the person has met the minimum of a master's degree level of education, supervised experience, and examination requirements established. These persons are licensed for independent practice in the mental health profession.

Use of the initials PPC (Provisional Professional Counselor), PCSW (Provisional Clinical Social Worker), PMFT (Provisional Marriage and Family Therapist), and PAT (Provisional Addictions Therapist) represents that the person in provisionally licensed and has met the minimum of a master's degree level of education. This individual is allowed to provide mental health services under the clinical supervision of a licensed professional, as well as administrative supervision by their employer. This person is working towards completing the experience and examination requirements for licensure.

Use of the initials CAP (Certified Addictions Practitioner), CSW (Certified Social Worker) and CMHW (Certified Mental Health Worker) represents that the person is certified with a bachelor's degree, or bachelor's degree equivalent in some cases. This individual is allowed to provide mental health services under the clinical supervision of a licensed professional, as well as administrative supervision by their employer.

Use of the initials CAPA (Certified Addictions Practitioner Assistant) represents that the person is certified with an associate's degree equivalent (270 hours) in education and specialty training. A CAPA's purpose is to assist in the practice of addictions therapy, prevention, intervention, referral and follow-up under the clinical supervision of a licensed professional, as well as administrative supervision by their employer. A CAPA may not provide individual therapy, diagnose, make treatment recommendations, or independently lead therapy groups.

The information above is summarized from the Board's Rules and Regulations. Please review the Rules and Regulations for complete details.


How to Reach Us:
Michelle Lamorie
Executive Director
2001 Capitol Ave, Room 104
Cheyenne WY 82002
Phone: (307) 777-7788
Fax: (307) 777-3508
email: WyoMHPLB@wyo.gov
Maxine Hernandez
Licensing Specialist
2001 Capitol Ave, Room 104
Cheyenne WY 82002
Phone: (307) 777-3628
Fax: (307) 777-3508
email: WyoMHPLB@wyo.gov