All comments received during the 30 day public comment period (July 26, 2016 to August 25, 2016) were reviewed by the board at the 8/26/2016 board meeting. Below is the document that outlines the comments received and the board's responses.
In summary, WVBEC must increase its fee structure to continue its charge of ensuring the general welfare and public interest of the state and its citizens and to meet the demands placed upon it to provide licensure to professional counselors and marriage and family therapists. Please click 'Explanation of Rule Change for Fee Increase' for a detailed description.
Additionally, the proposed amendments include transitioning from a biennial to an annual license renewal. This change would require the submission of; (1) The 2 page renewal application, and (2) payment of the renewal fee (proposed $145), on an annual basis. The reporting of completed continuing education will not change and will remain on an biennial bases (every odd numbered year). The information gathered on page 2 of the renewal application includes reporting violations per WV Code §30, Article 31, including felony convictions. Obtaining this information on an annual basis is critical in order for the board to follow through with its statutory duty of protection of the public. Furthermore, this change will allow the board to maintain up-to-date contact information and efficiently manage the budgeting process and stream of monthly revenue and expenses. An annual license renewal will enable the board to more effectively meet the statutory duties of protection of the public and make it more palpable for those requiring the services of WVBEC.
It should be noted, If approved, the proposed rules that include the annual renewal and annual renewal fee, would not go into effect July 1, 2017. The LPC will have already renewed their license by this time and receive a new expiration date of 6/30/2019, which means the LPC will not begin the 'annual' renewal and pay the proposed renewal fee until before their license expires on 6/30/2019. The LMFT will not begin the proposed 'annual' renewal and pay the proposed renewal fee until before 6/30/2018.
If you would like to submit a written comment regarding any of the proposed rules below, please send your email to: RClay27@msn.com. Please include the following in the subject line of your email:
'COMMENTS-followed by the name and # of the proposed rule'
Written comments may also be mailed to the board address below:
WVBEC-Comments 815 Quarrier Street, Suite 212 Charleston, WV 25301
ONLY WRITTEN COMMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
THE DEADLINE TO RECEIVE YOUR COMMENT(S) IS AUGUST 25, 2016 @ 12PM.