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Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists and Licensed Pastoral Therapists

Legislative Updates - 2016

Public Chapter 926

States that no counselor or therapist providing counseling or therapy services in a private practice setting shall be required to counsel or serve a client as to goals, outcomes, or behaviors that conflict with the sincerely held principles of the counselor or therapist; provided, that the counselor or therapist coordinates a referral of the client to another counselor or therapist who will provide the counseling or therapy. Clarifies that violation of the 2014 American Counseling Association Code of Ethics shall not be grounds upon which the board shall exercise its powers. This act took effect on April 11, 2016.

Public Chapter 763

Permits licensees whose licenses from a health-related board have expired due to non-payment to obtain reinstatement on the payment of the renewal fee as well as the late payment fee which shall not exceed twice the renewal fee, instead of the current requirement of payment of all past due fees before reinstatement. This act will take effect on July 1, 2016.

Public Chapter 990

This legislation requires an insurer to reimburse and provide coverage for telehealth services provided by a practitioner licensed in Tennessee, regardless of the patient’s location.  This act will take effect on January 1, 2017.

Public Chapter 955

Revises the educational requirements for licensure as a clinical pastoral therapist; authorizes issuance of temporary licenses to clinical pastoral therapists who are in training. This act took effect on April 27th.