2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
October 11, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Tittl, Ballweg, Doyle, Duchow,
Edming, Felzkowski, Horlacher, James, Knodl, Kurtz, Loudenbeck, B.
Meyers, Milroy, Mursau, Oldenburg, Petersen, Petryk, Rodriguez,
Rohrkaste, Schraa, Tranel, Tusler, VanderMeer and Wittke, cosponsored
by Senators Bernier, Kooyenga, Nass and Petrowski. Referred to Committee
on Regulatory Licensing Reform.
1An Act to repeal
455.07; to amend
51.30 (1) (b), 440.08 (2) (a) (intro.), 455.01 2
(4), 455.02 (3m) and 455.04 (5); to repeal and recreate
455.06; and to create
455.04 (2) of the statutes; relating to: an interim psychologist license.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, no person may engage in the practice of psychology without
being licensed as a psychologist by the Psychology Examining Board. This bill
requires the board to issue an interim psychologist license to an applicant who
satisfies all of the requirements for a psychologist license, other than an experience
requirement. An interim license is valid for two years or until the individual obtains
a permanent license, subject to a hardship exemption prescribed by the board by rule
that could allow renewals beyond two years.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
51.30 (1) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) “Treatment records" include the registration and all other records 6
that are created in the course of providing services to individuals for mental illness,
developmental disabilities, alcoholism, or drug dependence and that are maintained 2
by the department; by county departments under s. 51.42 or 51.437 and their staffs; 3
by treatment facilities; or by psychologists licensed under s. 455.04 (1) or (2)
licensed mental health professionals who are not affiliated with a county department 5
or treatment facility. Treatment records do not include notes or records maintained 6
for personal use by an individual providing treatment services for the department, 7
a county department under s. 51.42 or 51.437, or a treatment facility, if the notes or 8
records are not available to others.
440.08 (2) (a) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) (intro.) Except as provided in par. (b) and in ss. 440.51, 442.04, 11
444.03, 444.11, 447.04 (2) (c) 2., 449.17 (1m) (d), 449.18 (2) (e),
455.06 (1) (b),
463.12, and 463.25 and subch. II of ch. 448, the renewal dates for credentials are as 13
455.01 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
“Licensed psychologist" means a person holding a valid license 16
under s. 455.04 (1) or (2)
455.02 (3m) of the statutes is amended to read:
455.02 (3m) Use of titles.
Except as provided in s. 257.03, only an individual 19
licensed under s. 455.04 (1) or (2)
may use the title “psychologist" or any similar title 20
or state or imply that he or she is licensed to practice psychology, and only an 21
individual licensed under s. 455.04 (4) may use the title “private practice school 22
psychologist" or any similar title or state or imply that he or she is licensed to engage 23
in the private practice of school psychology. Except as provided in s. 257.03, only an 24
individual licensed under s. 455.04 (1), (2),
or (4) may represent himself or herself to
the public by any description of services incorporating the word “psychological" or 2
455.04 (2) of the statutes is created to read:
The examining board shall grant an interim psychologist license to 5
an individual who submits an application for the license, pays the fee specified under 6
s. 440.05 (6), and satisfies the requirements for a license under sub. (1) (a) to (f), other 7
than the requirement under sub. (1) (d). An individual licensed under this 8
subsection may provide psychological services only under the supervision of 9
qualified supervisors, as determined by the examining board.
455.04 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
Applicants for licensure under subs. (1) and (4) this section
may be 12
required to appear before the examining board in person prior to licensure to allow 13
the examining board to make such inquiry of them as to qualifications and other 14
matters as it considers proper.
455.06 of the statutes is repealed and recreated to read:
16455.06 Renewals. (1)
(a) Except as provided in par. (b), the renewal dates for 17
licenses issued under this chapter are specified under s. 440.08 (2) (a), and the 18
renewal fee for such licenses is determined by the department under s. 440.03 (9) (a).
(b) A license issued under s. 455.04 (2) is valid until the individual obtains a 20
license under s. 455.04 (1), subject to a maximum term of 2 years, and may not be 21
renewed, except that the examining board may promulgate rules specifying 22
circumstances in which the examining board, in cases of hardship, may allow an 23
individual to renew a license issued under s. 455.04 (2). Notwithstanding sub. (2), 24
an individual holding a license issued under s. 455.04 (2) is not required to complete 25
An applicant for renewal of a license issued under this chapter shall include 2
with his or her application proof in the form specified by the examining board that 3
he or she has completed the hours of continuing education required under s. 455.065.
455.07 of the statutes is repealed.