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NOTICE OF PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE REGULATIONS OF THE ALASKA BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS

Brief Description: The Board of Professional Counselors proposes to update various regulations relating to licensure requirements, approved counselor supervisor certification, supervised experience, code of ethics, and definitions.

The Board of Professional Counselors (Board) proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 12, Chapter 62 of the Alaska Administrative Code including the following:

  1. 12 AAC 62.130. License by credentials, is proposed to be amended by updating the continuing education credits requirements for licensure by credential to practice professional counseling.
  2. 12 AAC 62.200. Approved counselor supervisor certification, is proposed to be amended by updating the approved counselor supervisor certification requirements, including to increase the required contact hours of continuing education to become certified from 6 CEUs to 45 CEUs.
  3. 12 AAC 62.220. Supervised experience, is proposed to be amended by updating the supervised experience requirements.
  4. 12 AAC 62.900. Code of Ethics, is proposed to adopt by reference the updated AMHCA Code of Ethics.
  5. 12 AAC 62.990. Definitions, is proposed to be amended by adding a definition for “synchronous”.

You may comment on the proposed regulation changes, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the proposed changes, by submitting written comments to Jun Maiquis, Regulations Specialist, Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing, P.O. Box 110806, Juneau, AK  99811-0806. Additionally, the Board will accept comments by facsimile at (907) 465-2974 and by electronic mail at RegulationsAndPublicComment@alaska.gov. Comments may also be submitted through the Alaska Online Public Notice System by accessing this notice on the system at http://notice.alaska.gov/199767, and using the comment link. The comments must be received not later than 4:30 p.m. on November 16, 2020. Comments received after this deadline will not be considered by the Board.

You may submit written questions relevant to the proposed action to Jun Maiquis, Regulations Specialist, Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing, P.O. Box 110806, Juneau, AK  99811-0806 or by e-mail at RegulationsAndPublicComment@alaska.gov. The questions must be received at least 10 days before the end of the public comment period. The Board will aggregate its response to substantially similar questions and make the questions and responses available on the Alaska Online Public Notice System and on the Board’s website at https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/ProfessionalCounselors.aspx. The Board may, but is not required to, answer written questions received after the 10-day cut-off date and before the end of the comment period.

If you are a person with a disability who needs a special accommodation in order to participate in this process, please contact Jun Maiquis at (907) 465-2537 or RegulationsAndPublicComment@alaska.gov not later than November 9, 2020 to ensure that any necessary accommodation can be provided.

A copy of the proposed regulation changes is available on the Alaska Online Public Notice System and by contacting Jun Maiquis at (907) 465-2537 or RegulationsAndPublicComment@alaska.gov, or go to https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/PCO-0920.pdf.

A copy of material proposed for adoption by reference is available on the Alaska Online Public Notice System and on the Board’s website at https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/ProfessionalCounselors.aspx, or go to https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/AMHCACodeofEthics-Revised2015,2020.pdf.

After the public comment period ends, the Board will either adopt the proposed regulation changes or other provisions dealing with the same subject, without further notice, or decide to take no action. The language of the final regulation may be different from that of the proposed regulation. You should comment during the time allowed if your interests could be affected. Written comments and questions received are public records and are subject to public inspection.

Statutory Authority: AS 08.29.020; AS 08.29.110; AS 08.29.120; AS 08.29.210; AS 08.29.400
Statutes Being Implemented, Interpreted, or Made Specific: AS 08.29.020; AS 08.29.110; AS 08.29.120; AS 08.29.210; AS 08.29.400

Fiscal Information: The proposed regulation changes are not expected to require an increased appropriation.

DATE: 10/12/2020
Jun Maiquis, Regulations Specialist
Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing

For each occupation regulated under the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing, the Division keeps a list of individuals or organizations who are interested in the regulations of that occupation. The Division automatically sends a Notice of Proposed Regulations to the parties on the appropriate list each time there is a proposed change in an occupation's regulations in Title 12 of the Alaska Administrative Code. If you would like your address added to or removed from such a list, send your request to the Division at the address above, giving your name, either your e-mail address or mailing address (as you prefer for receiving notices), and the occupational area in which you are interested.

ADDITIONAL REGULATION NOTICE INFORMATION
(AS 44.62.190(d))

1.   Adopting agency: Board of Professional Counselors – Department of Commerce, Community, and
        Economic Development, Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing.

2.   General subject of regulation: Licensure by credentials, approved counselor supervisor
        certification, supervised experience, code of ethics, and definitions.

3.     Citation of regulation: 12 AAC 62.130, 12 AAC 62.200, 12 AAC 62.220, 12 AAC 62.900, and
       12 AAC 62.990.

4.   Department of Law file number: To be assigned.

5.   Reason for the proposed action: Update and clarification of current regulations; compliance with
        state statute.

6.   Appropriation/Allocation: Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing – #2360.

7.   Estimated annual cost to comply with the proposed action to:
 
      A private person: Additional cost may range from $250 to $500 due to increase in CEUs
        requirements for approved counselor supervisor.
       Another state agency: None known.
       A municipality: None known.

8.   Cost of implementation to the state agency and available funding (in thousands of dollars): 
        No costs are expected in FY 2021 or in subsequent years.

9.   The name of the contact person for the regulation:
    
Andy Khmelev, Licensing Supervisor
       Board of Professional Counselors
        Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
       Telephone: (907) 465-8444
       E-mail: andy.khmelev@alaska.gov

10.   The origin of the proposed action: Board of Professional Counselors.

11.   Date: 10/12/2020
   
Prepared by: Jun Maiquis
                            Regulations Specialist

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Created 10/12/2020 9:57:54 AM by jcmaiquis
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Department: Commerce, Community and Economic Development
Category: Regulations
Sub-Category: Notice of Proposed Regulations
Location(s): Statewide
Project/Regulation #:
 
Publish Date: 10/12/2020
Archive Date: 11/17/2020
 
Events/Deadlines:
  • Comments Deadline
    11/16/2020 4:30pm