CHAPTER 223

FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 281

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 35, TITLE 24, DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO THE BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF PSYCHOLOGISTS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend Section 3502 (b) Title 24. Delaware Code by striking said subsection in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof the following:

"(b) The Board shall consist of 7 members: five licensed psychologists and two public members, (appointed by the Governor, who are residents of this state). The public members shall not nor over have been psychologists; nor members of the immediate family of a psychologist; shall not have been employed by a psychologist; shall not have had a material financial interest in the providing of goods and services to psychologists; nor have been engaged in an activity directly related to psychology. The public members shall be accessible to inquiries, comments and suggestions from the general public."

Section 2. Amend Section 3507 (a) (1), Title 24, Delaware Code by striking said subsection in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof the following:

"(I) Is domiciled in the state at the time of licensing or, if not domiciled in Delaware, has worked at least one day a week as a psychologist in the State of Delaware for a six- month period immediately prior to the time of license application; and"

Section 3. Amend Section 3517, Title 24, Delaware Code by adding a new subsection thereto which shall read as follows:

"(h) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent psychological assistants from rendering psychological services, other than diagnosis and formulation of a treatment plan, under the direct supervision and control of a licensed psychologist pursuant to rules and regulations adopted by the Board. Provided. however, that such psychological assistants shall have obtained educational training of at least a master's degree in psychology or related field and shall render such psychological services from the office of the supervising psychologist who shall be responsible for the services rendered by the psychological assistant and subject to disciplinary action for activities undertaken by the assistant acting under his direction and control. Prior to rendering of any psychological services by a psychological assistant, the supervising psychologist shall file with the Board a certified copy of college transcripts of the psychological assistant Indicating that the assistant has obtained at least a master's degree in psychology or related field and shall also file with the Board a job description of the position of psychological assistant which shall include anticipated duties of the psychological assistant."

Section 4. Further amend Section 3517, Title 24, Delaware Code by striking from Section 3517 (b) the following:

the state or its political subdivision,"

Section 5. Further amend Section 3517. Title 24, Delaware Code adding a new subsection thereto which shall read as follows:

"(I) This Chapter shall not apply to persons rendering psychological services in institutions operated by the state or its political subdivisions who were hired by the state or its political subdivisions prior to July 31.1985."

Approved January 30, 1986.