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NO. 118. AN ACT RELATING TO ELIGIBILITY FOR LICENSURE AS A CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR.

(S.198)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. Sec. 72(d) of No. 40 of the Acts of 1997 is amended to read:

(d) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, until *[July 1, 1998]* September 1, 2001 a person who does not have a master's degree or higher in counseling as required under 26 V.S.A. § 3265(1) may satisfy the educational criteria for licensure as a clinical mental health counselor if he or she has a master's degree or higher degree in an allied mental health field from an accredited educational institution supplemented by courses which, in the opinion of the board of allied mental health practitioners, make the degree as supplemented substantially equivalent to the requirements set forth in 26 V.S.A.

§ 3265(1); provided that the applicant was enrolled in such master's or higher degree program and had declared his or her major on or before July 1, 1999.

Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect upon passage.

Approved: April 23, 1998