ERIC Number: ED283118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Mental Health Care: Licensing and Certification Requirements for Staff in State Hospitals. Fact Sheet for the Honorable Daniel K. Inouye, United States Senate.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
The Office of United States Senator Daniel Inouye requested information on state minimum licensing and certification requirements for physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and nurses who work directly with patients in state mental hospitals. To obtain this information, the General Accounting Office called the offices of the directors/commissioners of the 50 state mental health programs to inquire about state licensing and certification of these professionals. Eleven states did not provide information (Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Wisconsin). The results revealed that the minimum licensing and certification requirements provided for physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and nurses varied among the 39 responding states. The responses showed that: (1) all of the 39 states required physicians and nurses to be licensed; (2) 27 of the 39 states required that psychologists be licensed or certified; (3) 15 of the 39 states required that psychiatrists be licensed and board-eligible or board-certified; and (4) 13 of the 39 states required that social workers be licensed, certified, or registered. Thirty-two of the 37 states that responded to an additional question said that physicians working in state mental hospitals but who are not board-eligible or board-certified as psychiatrists are permitted to provide psychiatric services. (NB)
Descriptors: Certification, Health Personnel, Hospital Personnel, Mental Health Programs, Nurses, Physicians, Psychiatric Hospitals, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, State Licensing Boards, State Programs, State Standards
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (first five copies free, additional copies $2.00 each).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.