Board Information

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation in Montana, all Montana Department of Labor & Industry offices are closed to the public to protect the health and safety of our clients and staff.  Our services are available through remote delivery.  We are available to assist customers through our online public portal at EBIZ.MT.GOV/POL (Professional and Occupational Licenses) and EBIZ.MT.GOV (for Permits). For other services, please contact us via email at DLIBSDWEBHELP@MT.GOV or by phone (406) 841-2300.

 

Click here for information regarding the COVID-19 Emergency Healthcare Registration

Welcome to the Montana Board of Behavioral Health

FAQ on COVID-19 Impacts to Licensees and the Public's Use of Licensees' Services
Note: This FAQ is specific to questions pertaining to the Board of Behavioral Health. For more general information that applies to the entire Professional Licensing Bureau click on the link in the blue bar at the top of this webpage.

  • This COVID-19 FAQ covers the most frequently asked questions to date (telehealth, billing, applying for a license, telepractice, background checks, etc.)
  • Staff will continue to update the FAQ as new questions and new information become available. 
  • If you have a question on this topic we encourage you to review the FAQ before you attempt to contact staff directly.
  • If you have previously downloaded this FAQ we recommend you delete your cookies and browsing history to ensure you see the most current version of the FAQ. The current version is dated 5/6/20.
  • Note that due to the COVID-19 health emergency, all board meetings will be held by conference call until further notice. No outside participants or stakeholders will be allowed access in the building. If you wish to attend a board meeting you must attend by phone.

Annual Renewal Opens 11/2/20 and ends 12/31/20

  • Annual renewal opens on 11/2/20 for LCPCs, LCPC candidates, LCSWs, LCSW candidates, LMFTs, LMFT candidates, and CBHPSS. 
  • Renew online by logging into your eBiz account.
  • If you require assistance contact customer service staff at dlibsdhelp@mt.gov or 406-841-2300. 

Changes to Administrative Rules Effective 8/8/20 

  • On 8/8/20 changes that the board proposed to its administrative rules in February 2020 took effect following the completion of the public comment process, board response to comments, and publication of the notice of adoption. For more details on what those changes entail view the 8/6/20 FAQ on rule changes. You can view these rules and all the board's current rules by visiting the official Secretary of State website.
  • Note: Due to delays in programming of our licensing system due to COVID-19 you cannot start applying for the licensed master's (non-clinical) social work or licensed baccalaureate social worker or candidate licenses quite yet. See the FAQ for more information.

Message to All New Applicants, Including New Graduates

Even in normal years, graduation season  is a busy time for license application processing staff. The department reviews and processes over 200 different types of license applications under 32 licensing boards. Many of those applications are from professionals who will graduate in the spring. A few tips to facilitate the licensing process:

  • Online applications are the most efficient application method and allow you to upload your own supplemental forms directly into your application at any time.  Click here to go to our online system to create an account and begin your application. Paying the fee triggers the beginning of the staff review process. Be aware that to verify authenticity, some documents such as exam results, transcripts, and background checks must be sent to the department directly from the source and cannot be uploaded by the applicant.
  • Start your application as soon as possible. People who are about to graduate should submit applications prior to graduation. Applying early will facilitate the licensing process.
  • There is no separate candidate application. Candidate applicants should apply using the regular LCPC, LCSW, LAC, or LMFT applications.
  • All applicants must get a federal fingerprint background check. Background checks are conducted through the Montana Department of Justice (DOJ) and results typically take 4-6 weeks. Contact DOJ at 406-444-3625 for more information on how to obtain a background check.
  • See the forms webpage for links to licensing requirements and application checklists which will assist you with your application process.
  • If you have submitted an application call 406-841-2300 to check on its status.
  • E-mail any questions on licensing requirements to dlibsdbbh@mt.gov.

Reminder to Currently Licensed Candidates

Under current regulations, if you have an active Montana candidate license and have completed your experience hours and/or exam you do not submit a new application or pay additional fees to receive your full LCPC, LCSW, LMFT, or LAC license. Under current board rule all you need to do is submit proof that you have met the experience and/or exam requirements and your LCPC, LCSW, LMFT, or LAC licenses will be issued off your original application. E-mail dlibsdhelp@mt.gov if you have questions.

Have a Question about Board Regulations?

  • Many of the most common questions and the answers to those questions can be found on this FAQ. It also includes questions that come up a result of the board's most current rule changes which took effect on 12/28/19.
  • Note that this FAQ contains some of the same information as the COVID-19 FAQ with regard to standard laws and rules. However, it does not contain any of the information specific to applications, licensing, and practice are specifc to the COVID-19 state of emergency. It also contains general information that is not included in the COVID-19 FAQ.

E-mail Department Staff Your Questions

  • E-mail is the primary form of communication used by the department and licensing boards.
  • E-mail can be the most efficient way for you to get in touch with staff if you have a question since multiple staff members monitor board e-mail.
  • Send your question to dlibsdhelp@mt.gov and our customer service staff will address your question or get it to the staff members who can. Do not send multiple e-mails to multiple staff members as that will not get a quicker response.
Mission Statement: The mission of the Montana Board of Behavioral Health is to protect the health, safety, and well-being of Montana citizens through the regulation and oversight of licensed clinical professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed addiction counselors, and certified behavioral health peer support specialists. The board makes every effort to include relevant and current information pertaining to licensing and regulation on our website. Please contact us if you need additional information, or to provide comments on how we can improve the website.

 

Contact Information

Thank you for your interest in contacting the Montana Board of Behavioral Health.

We understand your request is important and our Customer Service Team works hard to reply to all questions in a timely manner. Again, thank you for contacting our office and you will hear from us soon!

If you are already licensed, have applied for a license, are about to apply for a license, or are renewing your license from the Board of Behavioral Health:

Professional Licensing Customer Service:

(406) 444-6880

DLIBSDHELP@MT.GOV

 

If you have a scope of practice question for the Board of Behavioral Health, contact the executive officer via the e-mail address below. Note that neither staff nor the board can give you legal advice. This includes providing an answer as to whether a specific action is within your scope of practice.

Lucy Richards, Executive Officer

DLIBSDBBH@MT.GOV

 

If you have questions about continuing education:

(406) 444-5696

AUDIT@MT.GOV

 

If you have questions about filing a complaint against a licensee:

(406) 841-2312

DLIBSDCOMPLAINTS@MT.GOV


Mailing Address:

Board of Behavioral Health

PO Box 200513

Helena, MT 59620-0513

 

Physical Address:

Board of Behavioral Health

301 S. Park Avenue

4th Floor

Helena, MT 59620

Board Events

**Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, all board meetings will be held by conference call until further notice. No outside participants or stakeholders will be allowed access in the builiding. If you wish to attend a board meeting you must attend by phone.**

Board meetings are usually held several times a year. Meeting minutes are posted within 3 days of board approval.

In general, Board meetings are open to the public. There are certain meetings or parts (Screening Panel and Executive Session), which are closed to the public.

Scheduled and Proposed Meeting

Board Members

Board members are appointed by the Governor with Senate confirmation.
Members serve 4 year terms with no limit on the number of terms a member may serve.

Individual Board Members can be contacted by email at dlibsdbbh@mt.gov.For additional contact information and information on board member terms, please visit the Governor’s Office link for Board Members and Councils at http://boards.mt.gov/.

Cathy Jenni LCPC & LMFT - Board Chair

Megan Bailey LCSW
Durand Bear Medicine LAC
Laura Dever - Public Member
Kimberly Gardner LCSW
Mona Sumner LAC
Adrian Sagan LCSW
Carol Staben Burroughs LCPC
Erin Williams LCPC

Newsletters

More content to come

License Information

Public or Licensee Inquiries

Licensees can find license renewal information in this section and obtain mailing lists of licensees.

You can learn who is licensed under this board by searching our Licensee Lookup system.

Certified Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist

Click here for a checklist of licensing requirements for certified behavioral health peer support specialists.

Apply for your license online. But first click here to download supplemental information and forms that you will be required to upload with your online application.

CBHPSS Board-Approved Training Courses

Licensed Addiction Counselor

To apply for a licensure as a licensed addiction counselor (LAC) using the online application click here.

  • Licensing Requirements & Application Submission Checklist - LAC
  • Supplemental Forms to Include with Application (complete each form and upload to online application)
  • Examination Information: NCC (level 1 or 2 or MAC); IC&RC; Northwest Certification II; or Southwest Certification II
  • Fingerprint-Background Check: LAC applicants must complete a background check through submission of fingerprints to the Department of Justice, Montana Criminal Records prior to being licensed. Results of the background check are sent directly to the department by the Montana Department of Justice. 
  • Renewal Period: May 1 - June 30. Late renewal is possible for 45 days. Late fees apply
  • Renewal Fees: $128 active, $64 inactive

Licensed Addiction Counselor Candidate

To apply for a licensure as an LAC candidate using the online application click here. Presently candidates apply using the same online application as LAC applicants. However, in coming weeks candidates will apply with a separate application. Check back for updates.

  • Licensing Requirements & Application Submission Checklist - LAC Candidate
  • Supplemental Forms to Include with Application (complete each form and upload to online application)
  • Examination Information: NCC (level 1 or 2 or MAC); IC&RC; Northwest Certification II; or Southwest Certification II
  • Fingerprint-Background Check: LAC candidate applicants must complete a background check through submission of fingerprints to the Department of Justice, Montana Criminal Records prior to being licensed. Results of the background check are sent directly to the department by the Montana Department of Justice. 
  • Renewal Period: May 1 - June 30. Late renewal is possible for 45 days. Late fees apply
  • Renewal Fees: $85

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

To apply for a licensure as a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) using the online application click here

  • Licensing Requirements & Application Submission Checklist - LCPC
  • Supplemental Forms to Include with Application (complete each form and upload to online application)
  • Examination Information: Montana contracts with the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) for the National Counselor Exam (NCE) and the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE). For further information visit the NBCC website.
  • Fingerprint-Background Check: LCPC applicants must complete a background check through submission of fingerprints to the Department of Justice, Montana Criminal Records prior to being licensed. Results of the background check are sent directly to the department by the Montana Department of Justice. 
  • Renewal Period: November 1 - December 31. Late renewal is possible for 45 days. Late fees apply
  • Renewal Fees: LCPC - $149 active, $75 inactive
  • Continuing Education Requirements - see ARM 24.219.435

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Candidate

To apply for a licensure as an LCPC candidate using the online application click here. Presently candidates apply using the same online application as LCPC applicants. However, in coming weeks candidates will apply with a separate application. Check back for updates.

  • Licensing Requirements & Application Submission Checklist - LCPC Candidate
  • Supplemental Forms to Include with Application (complete each form and upload to online application)
  • Examination Information: Montana contracts with the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) for the National Counselor Exam (NCE) and the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE). For further information visit the NBCC website.
  • Fingerprint-Background Check: LCPC candidate applicants must complete a background check through submission of fingerprints to the Department of Justice, Montana Criminal Records prior to being licensed. Results of the background check are sent directly to the department by the Montana Department of Justice. 
  • Renewal Period: November 1 - December 31. Late renewal is possible for 45 days. Late fees apply
  • Renewal Fees: Candidate - $85
  • Continuing Education Requirements: None

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

To apply for licensure as a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) using the online application click here

  • Licensing Requirements & Application Submission Checklist - LMFT
  • Supplemental Forms to Include Application (complete each form and upload to online application)
  • Examination Information: Montana accepts test scores from the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB). An applicant is exempt from the examination if an applicant is licensed, certified, or registered under the laws of a state or territory of the United States that imposes substantially the same requirements as Montana and has passed an examination similar to that required by the board; or if an application is received before July 1, 2011, the applicant is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is a current resident of this state; or the applicant is licensed as a clinical social worker under Title 37, chapter 22, or as a clinical professional counselor under Title 37, chapter 23, and has practiced marriage and family therapy within the state for a period prescribed by the board.
  • Fingerprint-Background Check: LMFT applicants must complete a background check through submission of fingerprints to the Department of Justice, Montana Criminal Records prior to being licensed. Results of the background check are sent directly to the department by the Montana Department of Justice. 
  • Renewal Period: November 1 - December 31. Late renewal is possible for 45 days. Late fees apply
  • Renewal Fees: LMFT - $149 active, $75 inactive
  • Continuing Education Requirements: See ARM 24.219.435

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate

To apply for licensure as an LMFT candidate using the online application click here. Presently candidates apply using the same online application as LMFT applicants. However, in coming weeks candidates will apply with a separate application. Check back for updates.

  • Licensing Requirements & Application Submission Checklist - LMFT Candidate
  • Supplemental Forms to Include with Application (complete each form and upload to online application)
  • Examination Information:  Montana accepts test scores from the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB). An applicant is exempt from the examination if an applicant is licensed, certified, or registered under the laws of a state or territory of the United States that imposes substantially the same requirements as Montana and has passed an examination similar to that required by the board; or if an application is received before July 1, 2011, the applicant is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is a current resident of this state; or the applicant is licensed as a clinical social worker under Title 37, chapter 22, or as a clinical professional counselor under Title 37, chapter 23, and has practiced marriage and family therapy within the state for a period prescribed by the Board.
  • Fingerprint-Background Check: LMFT candidate applicants must complete a background check through submission of fingerprints to the Department of Justice, Montana Criminal Records prior to being licensed. Results of the background check are sent directly to the department by the Montana Department of Justice.
  • Renewal Period: November 1 - December 31. Late renewal is possible for 45 days. Late fees apply
  • Renewal Fees: $85
  • Continuing Education Requirements: None

Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker

Department staff are finishing final programming to the licensing system in order to allow people to begin applying for licensed baccalaureate social worker licenses which were created by the Legislature during the 2019 Session.

The board has completed the necessary rulemaking to set requirements for this type of license. However, due to delays related to COVID-19 the work to roll out the applications and licensing records has taken longer than anticipated.

See the FAQ for more information and check back to this website for updates in coming weeks to see when you can start submitting applications for licensure as a licensed baccalaureate social worker.

Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker Candidate

Department staff are finishing final programming to the licensing system in order to allow people to begin applying for licensed baccalaureate social worker candidate licenses which were created by the Legislature during the 2019 Session.

The board has completed the necessary rulemaking to set requirements for this type of license. However, due to delays related to COVID-19 the work to roll out the applications and licensing records has taken longer than anticipated.

See the FAQ for more information and check back to this website for updates in coming weeks to see when you can start submitting applications for licensure as a licensed baccalaureate social worker candidate.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

To apply for licensure as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) using the online application click here.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker Candidate

To apply for licensure as an LCSW candidate using the online application click here. Presently candidates apply using the same online application as LCSW applicants. However, in coming weeks candidates will apply with a separate application. Check back for updates.

  • Licensing Requirements & Application Submission Checklist - LCSW Candidate
  • Supplemental Forms to Include with Application (complete each form and upload to online application)
  • Examination Information: Montana accepts test scores from the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) clinical examinations.
  • Fingerprint-Background Check: LCSW candidate applicants must complete a background check through submission of fingerprints to the Department of Justice, Montana Criminal Records prior to being licensed. Results of the background check are sent directly to the department by the Montana Department of Justice. 
  • Renewal Period: November 1 - December 31. Late Renewal is possible for 45 days. Late fees apply
  • Renewal Fees: LCSW - Candidate - $85
  • Continuing Education Requirements: None

Licensed Master's Social Worker (non-clinical)

Department staff are finishing final programming to the licensing system in order to allow people to begin applying for licensed master's (non-clinical) social worker licenses which were created by the Legislature during the 2019 Session.

The board has completed the necessary rulemaking to set requirements for this type of license. However, due to delays related to COVID-19 the work to roll out the applications and licensing records has taken longer than anticipated.

See the FAQ for more information and check back to this website for updates in coming weeks to see when you can start submitting applications for licensure as a master's (non-clinical) social worker.

Licensed Master's Social Worker Candidate (non-clinical)

Department staff are finishing final programming to the licensing system in order to allow people to begin applying for licensed master's (non-clinical) social worker candidate licenses which were created by the Legislature during the 2019 Session.

The board has completed the necessary rulemaking to set requirements for this type of license. However, due to delays related to COVID-19 the work to roll out the applications and licensing records has taken longer than anticipated.

See the FAQ for more information and check back to this website for updates in coming weeks to see when you can start submitting applications for licensure as a master's (non-clinical) social worker candidate.

Download List of Licensees

License Download System

This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division.

Options include:

  • Creating a customized list of licensees by selecting board type, license type, license status, county, etc.;
  • Submitting payment for your list using a credit/debit card or registered user account
  • Downloading your list immediately, and if necessary, retrieving your list within 24-hours of purchase

Lookup Licensed Individual

Licensee Lookup System

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Statute/Rule Information

FAQs Concerning Administrative Rules

The Montana Code Annotated (MCA) includes laws passed by the Legislature. Professional and occupational licensing laws can be found in Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3. These statutes, known as the Uniform Regulatory Act, were passed in 1995.

Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) are often referred to as regulations. The Board adopts administrative rules in order to administer laws over which the Legislature has given the Board authority. Boards are required to follow a process known as the Montana Administrative Procedures Act when they notice or conduct meetings, propose new rules or make changes to existing rules to ensure public participation. The Board files a public notice in the Montana Administrative Register (MAR) on any proposed rule changes or new rules. You can keep track of any rule changes by viewing MAR online. Those on the list receive notification of all meetings, rule notices, and legal announcements.

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) at this site contain what should be the same text as the official version published by the Office of the Secretary of State. There is a possibility, however, that the content may vary from the official version. In addition, the format has been changed for viewing on this web site. A copy of the official ARM in official format can be obtained from the ARM Bureau of the Office of the Secretary of State, by calling (406) 444-2055. A web version of the ARM published by the Secretary of State can be viewed at Secretary of State's Administrative Rules of Montana.

Administrative Rules

Chapter 219 - Board of Behavioral Health

Chapter 24 - Labor and Industry

Chapter 101 - Business Standards Division

Rules Notices

Click here to find rules notices older than one year at the Montana Secretary of State website.


MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-309

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.402 definitions and the adoption of New Rule I applicants with criminal convictions

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT AND ADOPTION
(published October 9, 2020)

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT AND ADOPTION
(effective November 21,2020)


MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-308

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.417 registration for out-of-state volunteer professionals

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
(published May 29, 2020)

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
(effective July 25, 2020)


Montana Administrative Register (MAR) MAR 24-219-35

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.413, 24.219.301, 24.219.401, 24.219.415, 24.219.421, 24.219.422, 24.219.423, 24.219.501, 24.219.502, 24.219.504, 24.219.505, 24.219.512, 24.219.604, 24.219.605, 24.219.704, 24.219.705, 24.219.907, 24.219.923, 24.219.2301, 24.219.5008, 24.219.5013; the adoption of New Rules I through IV; and the repeal of 24.219.405, 24.219.409, 24.219.507, 24.219.509, 24.219.607, 24.219.609, 24.219.708, 24.219.709, 24.219.807, 24.219.905, 24.219.921, 24.219.925, 24.219.927, 24.219.929, 24.219.931, 24.219.2001, 24.219.2201, 24.219.2305, 24.219.2309, 24.219.5002, 24.219.5012, 24.219.5015, 24.219.5016, 24.219.5017, 24.219.5018, and 24.219.5019 pertaining to application and licensing rules for licensed clinical social workers (LCSW), licensed baccalaureate social workers (LBSW), licensed master's social workers (LMSW), licensed clinical professional counselors (LCPC), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed addiction counselors (LAC), and certified behavioral health peer support specialists (CBHPSS)

Notice of Amendment, Adoption, and Repeal
(effective 8/8/20)

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment, Adoption, and Repeal
(published 2/14/20)


MAR 24-219-34

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.219.301, 24.219.415, 24.219.421, 24.219.501, 24.219.504, 24.219.505, 24.219.512, 24.219.601, 24.219.604, 24.219.605, 24.219.612, 24.219.701, 24.219.704, 24.219.705, 24.219.712, 24.219.907, 24.219.912, 24.219.923, 24.219.5005, 24.219.5006, 24.219.5007, 24.219.5008, 24.219.5010, and 24.219.5013, the adoption of NEW RULES I through VII, and the repeal of 24.219.506, 24.219.603, 24.219.703, 24.219.707, 24.219.901, 24.219.902, 24.219.903, 24.219.916, 24.219.5001, 24.219.5003, 24.219.5004, 24.219.5009, 24.219.5011, and 24.219.5014, pertaining to application and licensing rules for licensed clinical social workers (LCSW), licensed clinical professional counselors (LCPC), licensed marriage and family therapists, (LMFT), licensed addiction counselors (LAC), and certified behavioral health peer support specialists (CBHPSS)

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment, Adoption, and Repeal
(published 10/18/19)

Notice of Amendment, Adoption, and Repeal
(effective 12/28/19)

Statutes

Forms

General Forms
Renewal Forms

Licensing Requirements and Application Checklists

Change of Supervisor Forms

License Application Forms (you can also apply online)

Training Programs

Complaint Information

The Montana Department of Labor & Industry and Professional and Occupational Licensing Boards are charged with taking appropriate action for unprofessional, incompetent, or unlawful practice. To learn more about the complaint process or to file a complaint, please visit our Complaint Information page.

How to File a Complaint

Education

CE News - Stop filling out CE course appoval request forms and sending in payment for course approval immediately!

The board updated its continuing education rules for all license types. Those changes are effective as of 3/30/19. See MAR 24-219-32 on the Rules Notices page for more information.

  • The number of CE hours required for each license type have not changed.
  • However, the board no longer pre-approves any courses or sponsors. Each licensee is responsible for taking courses which directly relate to the scopes of practice as defined in board statute.
  • Licensees are responsible for selecting quality programs that contribute to their knowledge and competence.
  • Licensees must maintain documentation of completed CE for three years which shows: licensee name; course title and content description; presenter or sponsor; course date(s); and number of CE hours earned.
  • Licensees only need to submit the above documentation as proof of CE if they are selected for a random CE audit. Licensees will be notified if they are selected for a random CE audit.