Board Information

The Montana Board of Behavioral Health is pleased to share with you the licensing and regulatory information. Within this website you will find information on what is needed to become licensed, verify who is already licensed, and learn the statutory and regulatory requirements if you are licensed. You will also find board meeting information here including agendas and minutes from past meetings, a section on frequently asked questions and any news items from the Board.

You can start your search for information by choosing from the board information topics to the left.

The Board of Behavioral Health 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

Board Management:
Cyndi Reichenbach, Executive Officer
Board Management Bureau
Phone: (406) 841-2392
Email:

For information on filing a complaint against a licensee contact:
Alicia Driscoll, Compliance Specialist
Phone: (406) 841-2357
Email:

For information on continuing education and course approval:
Phone: (406) 444-5696
Email:

For information on renewals, license verifications, and name changes contact:
Phone: (406) 444-6880
Email:

For information on applications and licensing contact:
Phone: (406) 444-5773
Email:

Board Meetings

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 dlibsdswp@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/.

 

Vonnie Brown, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Durand Bear Medicine, Licensed Addiction Counselor
Carol Staben Burroughs, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Dr. Peter Degel, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Kimberly Gardner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Dr. Cathy Jenni, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor & Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Henry Pretty On Top, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Mona Sumner, Licensed Addiction Counselor
Bruce “Doc” Tweedy, Public Member

License Information

A Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist are persons licensed by the Board of Social Work Examiners and Professional Counselors.

The credential for Licensed Clinical Social Workers was established in 1983 and the credential for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors was established in 1985. The purpose of the regulation is to provide for the common good by ensuring the ethical, qualified, and professional practice of social work and professional counseling. Regulation sets standards of qualification, education, training and experience and establishes professional ethics for those who seek to engage in the practice of social work and professional counseling.

The credential for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists was established in 2009 to regulate the practice of and establish standards for Marriage and Family Therapists in Montana (Please see SB271 for reference). The purpose of the legislation, effective July 1, 2009 is to provide for the common good by ensuring the ethical, qualified, and professional practiceof marriage and family therapy.

Given the recent effective date of the legislation, the Board has drafted rules for marriage and family and expects to have them adopted by November 2009. Rules adopted under the 2009 statutory changes (37-22-201) will set standards of qualification, education, training, and experience and are intended to establish professional ethics for those who seek to practice marriageand family therapy.

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 as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Montana by searching our Licensee Lookup system.

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

The following outlines general licensing information for the Clinical Professional Counselor. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to download the application which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

A. Licensing Fees:
Application Fee: $50.00
Examination Fee: set and paid to the examination service
Original License Fee: $50.00

B. Education Requirements:
1) A 60 semester (90 quarter) hour counseling-in-nature
graduate degree which contains a six-semester hour advanced counseling practicum; or
2) A minimum of a 45 semester or 67.5 quarter-hour counseling-in-nature degree that contains a six-semester hour or nine-quarter hour advanced counseling practicum. Applicants shall go back to school to aquire credits to equal the totol requirement of 60 semester credits prior to full licensure. Applicants have up to 5 years to complete the additional academic credits.

C. Experience Requirements: 3,000 supervised practice hours, a minimum of 1,500 hours must be post-degree. Supervisors must hold a current valid license in any state as a professional counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist.

D. 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 study guide information, please go to the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)

E. Fingerprint-Background Check: Effective October 1, 2007, all social work and professional counselor licensure applicants must complete a background check through submission of fingerprints to the Department of Justice, Montana Criminal Records prior to being licensed.  Applicants may contact the Board Office at (406) 841-2392 or (406) 841-2391 to request a packet.  If a request is not received, a packet will automatically be sent to applicants upon receipt of the application.  The packet includes complete instructions, a release of information form, a finger print card and a self address envelope to the Department of Justice, Montana Criminal Records. 
Licensure applications will not be considered complete until the information is received and processed by the Board Office.  Results of the background check are sent directly to the Board office by the Montana Department of Justice.  Applicants shall be notified by Board staff of receipt of documentation from the Department of Justice only if qualifying events exist on the report.

F.  Regular Renewal Dates: Dec. 1 - Feb. 1
     Late Renew Online for 45 days until March 18

G. Fees: Active $175 / Late Fee: $175 / Inactive $88 / Inactive Late: $88

H. Continuing Education Requirements: Twenty (20) clock hours per year.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


The following outlines general licensing information for the Clinical Social Worker. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to download the application, which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

A. Licensing Fees:
Application Fee: $50.00
Examination Fee: set and paid to the examination service
Original License Fee: $50.00

B. Education Requirements:
Master's of Social Work or Doctor of Social Work degree from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

C. Experience Requirements: 3,000 hours of supervised, post-degree, psychotherapy work done in not less than 24 months. Supervisors must hold a valid state license as a social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist. 1,500 hours must be direct client contact

D. Examination Information: Montana accepts test scores from the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) examinations: Advanced and Clinical.

E. Fingerprint-Background Check: Effective October 1, 2007, all social work and professional counselor licensure applicants must complete a background check through submission of fingerprints to the Department of Justice, Montana Criminal Records prior to being licensed.  Applicants may contact the Board Office at (406) 841-2392 or (406) 841-2391 to request a packet.  If a request is not received, a packet will automatically be sent to applicants upon receipt of the application.  The packet includes complete instructions, a release of information form, a finger print card and a self address envelope to the Department of Justice, Montana Criminal Records. 
Licensure applications will not be considered complete until the information is received and processed by the Board Office.  Results of the background check are sent directly to the Board office by the Montana Department of Justice.  Applicants shall be notified by Board staff of receipt of documentation from the Department of Justice only if qualifying events exist on the report.

F. Regular Renewal Dates: Renewal:  Nov.1 - Dec. 31
                      Late Renew Online for 45 days until Feb 14

G. Fees: Active $175 / Late Fee $175 / Inactive $88 / Inactive Late $88

H. Continuing Education Requirements: Twenty (20) clock hours per year.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

The following outlines general licensing information for the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to download the application, which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

A. Licensing Fees:
Application Fee /Original License: $100.00
Examination Fee: set and paid to the examination service

B. Education Requirements:
Master's degree or a doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy from a recognized educational institution or a degree from a program accredited by the commission on accreditation for marriage and family therapy education; or has a graduate degree in an allied field from a recognized educational institution and graduate level work that the board determines to be the equivalent of a master's degree in marriage and family therapy or marriage and family counseling.

C. Experience Requirements: 3,000 hours of supervised, 1,000 hours of face-to-face client contact in the practice of marriage and family therapy, of which up to 500 hours may be accumulated while achieving the educational credentials.

D. Examination Information: Montana accepts test scores from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). 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.

E. Renewal:  Regular Renewal Dates: Nov.1 - Dec. 31
Late Renew Online for 45 days until Feb 14

F. Renewal Fee: Active $175 / Late Fee $175 / Inactive $88 / Inactive Fee $88

G. Continuing Education Requirements: Twenty (20) clock hours per year.

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.

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

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, or by contacting the board office and requesting to be added to the board’s interested parties list. 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

Rules Notices

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-219-30

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.154.301 definitions, 24.154.401 fee schedule, 24.154.403 military training or experience, 24.154.405 education requirement, 24.154.407 application procedures, 24.154.408 licensure by endorsement, 24.154.409 supervised work experience, 24.154.420 nonresident licensed addiction counselor services, 24.154.422 inactive status and conversion from inactive to active status, 24.154.2105 continuing education requirements, 24.154.2107 continuing education procedures and documentation, and 24.154.2301 unprofessional conduct, the adoption of NEW RULES I supervisor qualifications, II qualified treatment setting, III addiction counselor licensure candidate application procedures, IV addiction counselor licensure candidate requirements, V addiction counselor licensure candidate annual registration requirements, and VI gambling disorder education requirement for current licensed addiction counselor licensees, and the repeal of 24.154.201 procedural rules, 24.154.202 public participation rules, 24.154.2101 renewals, and 24.154.2401 complaint procedure

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-219-29

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.219.101 board organization, 24.219.301 definitions, 24.219.401, 24.219.405, and 24.219.409 fee schedules, 24.219.421 supervisor qualifications, 24.219.501, 24.219.504, and 24.219.512 LCSW licensure, 24.219.601, 24.219.604, and 24.219.612 LCPC licensure, 24.219.701, 24.219.704, 24.219.707, and 24.219.712 LMFT licensure, 24.219.807 code of ethics, and 24.219.2404 screening panel, the adoption of NEW RULES I public participation, II LCPC education requirements, III LMFT education requirements, IV, V, and VI social worker licensure candidates, VII, VIII, and IX professional counselor licensure candidates, and X, XI, and XII marriage and family therapist licensure candidates, and the repeal of ARM 24.219.515, 24.219.615, and 24.219.715 renewals, 24.219.801 and 24.219.804 codes of ethics, and 24.219.2401 complaint procedure

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-307

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.402 definitions and 24.101.403 administrative fees, and the repeal of 24.101.401 purpose, 24.101.407 licensing, and 24.101.414 renewal notification

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-219-27

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.219.501 application procedures, 24.219.512 and 24.219.612 licensure of out-of-state applicants, 24.219.2401 complaint procedure, and the adoption of NEW RULE I military training or experience

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-219-26

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.219.401, 24.219.405, and 24.219.409 fee schedule

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
posted September 13, 2012

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
posted November 29, 2012

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-219-25E

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I minimum qualification standards for licensees to conduct psychological assessments

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-219-25

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I minimum qualification standards for licensees to conduct psychological assessments

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-259

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I registration for out-of-state volunteer professionals

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted November 7, 2011

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted January 27, 2012

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-219-24

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.413 renewal dates and requirements, and the adoption of New Rules I through XIII licensure and regulation of marriage and family therapists

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-219-23

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.219.301 definitions, 24.219.501 and 24.219.601 application procedures, and the adoption of NEW RULE I supervisor qualifications, and NEW RULES II through IX parenting plan evaluations

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-219-22

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULES I through XII qualification of social workers and professional counselors to perform psychological testing, evaluation, and assessment

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted April 7, 2011

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted October 11, 2011

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-203

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I pertaining to licensee lookup database

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted January 23, 2009

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted July 10, 2009

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-219-21

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.219.301 definitions, 24.219.401 and 24.219.405 fees, 24.219.501 application, 24.219.504 licensure, 24.219.509 status conversion, 24.219.601 application, 24.219.604 licensure, 24.219.609 status conversion, 24.219.2101 and 24.219.2201 continuing education, 24.219.2301 and 24.219.2305 unprofessional conduct, pertaining to social work examiners and professional counselors

Statutes

Complaints

The mission of the Montana Board of Social Work Examiners and Professional Counselors is to protect the health, safety and well being of Montanans through the licensing of competent Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and by the regulation of their practice in order to promote the delivery of quality health care.

In order to meet its mission, the Board is charged with taking appropriate action for unprofessional, incompetent, or unlawful practice. You can learn more about the complaint process or file a complaint with the Board here.

Complaint Contact

Alicia Driscoll, Compliance Specialist
Telephone: (406) 841-2357
E-mail: dlibsdcomplaints@mt.gov

How to File a Complaint

The Department is charged with regulating professions and occupations for the protection of the public as a whole. Although the Department does not represent individuals filing complaints, the Department will review complaints in a timely manner to ensure a complaint is processed and that the Board will take appropriate action.

The length of time for resolution of a complaint is impossible to estimate due to the various complexities presented in individual complaints. Please see Complaint Process for more information.

The following types of complaints may be filed:

  • Unprofessional conduct by a licensee;
  • Unprofessional conduct by a license applicant;
  • Unlicensed practice of the profession or occupation.

If an individual is unsure of what constitutes unprofessional conduct and needs a description of the various types, reference to Montana statutes and rules will provide an answer. These are found at your local public library or at the appropriate board site on this web page.

Drop Off or Mail to:
"Name of the Board or Program the complaint pertains to"
Business Standards Division
301 South Park, 4th Floor
PO Box 200514
Helena, MT 59620-0514

Unlicensed Practice Complaint Process

Department of Labor & Industry - Business Standards Division

PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513

When a complaint or other information is received alleging possible unlicensed practice...

  • (If the allegation is not made in the form of a formal written complaint, a complaint form is completed by the Department and a complaint number is assigned.)
  • A copy of the complaint and a request for a written response are mailed to the person against whom the complaint was filed (Respondent).
  • A written acknowledgment that the complaint has been received is mailed to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant)
  • The respondent may submit a letter of response to the complaint. If a written response is not submitted, the complaint process continues without a response.
  • The complainant and the respondent are sent written notify cation of the date, time, and location of any meeting at which the complaint will be discussed.

The Board Meeting

  • Unlicensed Practice complaints are addressed by the Full Board in executive session (meaning closed to the public). Board meetings are open to the public unless the chairperson determines an individual’s right to privacy outweighs the public’s right to know. If so, that portion of the meeting will be closed to the public (only the respondent, complainant, and legal counsel for each (if any) may be present).
  • The complaint and response (if any) are provided to the board members prior to an upcoming board meeting for their review. The board meeting is not a hearing, but rather a meeting at which the information provided is considered and discussed by the board.

DISMISSAL

  • If the board dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice.
  • Dismissal With Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the board in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

INVESTIGATION

  • The board can request an investigator be assigned to gather additional information surrounding the allegations made in the complaint. This may involve interviews with the respondent, the complainant, and possible witnesses.
  • After the investigation has been completed, an investigative report is prepared and presented to the board for consideration at a subsequent meeting.
  • Following the board’s review of the investigative report, a determination is made to either dismiss the complaint or take action in the form of a Cease and Desist or an Injunction.

CEASE & DESIST / INJUNCTION

  • The board may issue a Cease & Desist or seek an Injunction.
  • Cease & Desist–A letter from the administrative agency prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.
  • Injunction-A writ granted by a court prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.

For more information, contact DLI Business Standards Division at 406-841-2300

The Complaint Process

Business Standards Division

This process is used for the Boards that are administered in the Business Standards Division. 
The various Programs administered in the Division use a similar process.

Frequently Asked Questions about Complaint Process

IMPORTANT

When filing or responding to a complaint, be as thorough as possible. You may attach additional documents to the complaint form to ensure that all pertinent information has been included. The Screening Panel meeting is NOT a hearing, but is a time for the panel to consider the complaint and response. Attendance is your choice. If you attend the panel may ask additional questions. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend.

After a complaint has been filed against a licensed individual...

The Compliance Office will send a letter of acknowledgment to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant), and a letter requesting a response (with a copy of the complaint) to the licensee against whom the complaint was filed.

The Licensee may submit a written response addressing the complaint to the Compliance Office. The process continues whether or not a response is submitted. The Complainant is not entitled to a copy of the response.

The Compliance Office will notify the Licensee and Complainant regarding the date and time of any meeting during which the case will be discussed.

Complaints remain confidential unless a Notice of Proposed Board Action is issued, which is a public document along with all subsequent legal filings.

MEETINGS 
Closed Meeting - During a Closed Meeting only the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or attorneys for either can be in attendance. Minutes of Closed Meetings are not public documents.

Open Meeting - A public meeting which anyone can attend. The minutes of Open meetings are public documents and made available online via the specific Board’s webpage.
(Adjudication Panel meetings are usually open.)

Individuals may attend a meeting in person or by telephone. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend the meeting.

SCREENING PANEL

Screening PanelA committee comprised of members of the Board. The Screening Panel’s function is to determine the preliminary action(s) to take on a complaint. Possible preliminary actions include dismissal, investigation, or a finding of Reasonable Cause.

The complaint and response (if any) are submitted to the Screening Panel members. The Screening Panel meeting is not a hearing, but rather a committee meeting to review and discuss the complaint and response to determine if disciplinary action is warranted.

DISMISSAL

If the Screening Panel dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice (see definitions below).

Dismissal With Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered by the Screening Panel in the future.

Dismissal Without Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the Screening Panel in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

INVESTIGATION

Only a member of the Screening Panel can request an investigation of a complaint. If an investigation is requested by the Screening Panel, the case is assigned to an investigator who may request an interview with the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or other individuals. Upon completion of the investigation, a written report is submitted to the Screening Panel, which will then determine if there is Reasonable Cause to proceed with disciplinary action.


REASONABLE CAUSE

Reasonable Cause - A finding by the Screening Panel that evidence exists that a violation of statutes and rules has occurred which warrants proceeding with disciplinary action.

If Reasonable Cause is found, the Department Counsel issues a Notice of Proposed Board Action (Notice) to the Licensee. Once a Notice is issued, it is public information. A proposed Stipulation may be included with the Notice.

Notice - A legal document from the Department’s Legal Counsel which sets forth the Department’s factual assertions, the statutes or rules relied upon, and advising the licensee of the right to a hearing.

Stipulation - A tentative agreement for settlement of the case. A Stipulation is not finalized until approved by the Adjudication Panel. 

The Licensee may either sign the Stipulation or contest the proposed action by requesting an administrativeHearing (a legal process before a Hearing Examiner). If the Licensee wishes to request a hearing, written request must be received within twenty (20) days from receipt of the Notice. Failure to either sign a Stipulation or request a hearing within twenty (20) days may result in the issuing of a Final Order of Default against the licensee.

Default - the licensee’s acceptance of the disciplinary action demonstrated by failing to participate in the process

ADJUDICATION PANEL

Adjudication Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board who are  NOT on the Screening Panel. The Adjudication Panel determines the final outcome of a case.

The Adjudication Panel reviews the record to determine appropriate sanctions. A Final Order is issued by the Adjudication Panel, completing the complaint process.


COMPLAINT PROCESS FLOW

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Current license status and information regarding disciplinary action(s) against
a licensee can be accessed online at:
https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/

FAQ

Name changes must be requested in writing with documentation of your legal name change included (copy of marriage license, divorce decree, etc.).  If you would like a copy of your license in your new name, you must include a check or money order for $5 for a duplicate license.

Please use the address change form located under the “Forms” tab on this website, or send a signed written notice of address change via US Mail or fax.  All licensees are required to notify the Board of an address change within 10 days.

All on-line commerce functions for the State of Montana are now using e-Pass as an additional layer of security to protect your information.  You will need to set up an e-Pass account to renew your license, purchase fishing or hunting licenses, etc. more information on e-Pass.

You can go directly to the License Lookup System.  This site is a primary source for verification of licensed individual’s credentials. The Montana Department of Labor & Industry, business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public.  The Division relies on 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 & 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.

Professional Counselor

  1. Montana requires a 60 semester graduate credit counseling degree in order to be considered for licensure (24.219.604)
  2. There are provisions for those with older degrees that have least 45-semester credits.  You can obtain the additional 15 credits within 5 years.  You need to work closely with the board to ensure that all of your additional credits will meet the board’s licensure requirements {37-23-202(2)}
  3. For those with less than 45 semester credits, you can obtain a post graduate specialist degree of at least 24 additional semester hours, or
  4. Earn another graduate degree that satisfies the licensure requirements.  Depending on a university’s standards, the board can allow up to 20 semester credits of your previous graduate counseling degree to be transferred into the new graduate program.

 

This could include a wide variety of activities – case notes, scoring of assessments, report writing, consultation with other appropriate professionals, time with supervisor, staff meetings that directly related to the client’s being served, billing, and professional research directly related to the needs of the clients being served.  These suggestions are given as guidelines and are not meant to be totally inclusive.

24.219.604(3)(b) At least 1,500 hours must be obtained post-degree. . . which shall include at least: 24.219.604(3)(b)(i) 1,000 hours direct fact-to-face contact in a clinical setting.  No more than 250 client hours of which may be in a group or co-facilitative counseling situation.

This allows up to 500 hours to be earned in a counseling setting at the discretion of the applicant and their supervisor.  Any hours above this applied to the remaining 1,000 hours post-graduate hours must meet the strict clinical guidelines as defined and as a general rule the guidance functions of a school counselor do not usually meet the “clinical” criteria.  An applicant needs to read the clinical guidelines very carefully.  If there is any doubt to the clinical nature of the work experience submitted to the board, the applicant has the sole responsibility of substantiating that their work experience meets the clinical guidelines.  The applicant should read all of the clinical guidelines and not be tempted to apply a liberal translation.  They should be taken at face value.  The purpose of these requirements is to align Montana’s professional counselors with those of other states around the country.  As it is, Montana is ahead of a few states and behind others.  New applicants should be cautious and not spend a long of time in activities that will not be accepted by the board.

If the process had been done correctly there should be a paper record to document.  If not, gather as much information as possible such as time cards, paycheck stubs, evaluations or some kind of notarized statement from your supervisor’s supervisor.  Submit as much information to the Board to support your hours.  The board will rule on a case-to-case basis with no guarantee that the information will be accepted.

Supervised experience, which is done on a volunteer basis, can count if the supervisor and the experience meet all the criteria for licensure. See Sub-Chapter 6, 24.219.604 ARM

No, “face to face’ supervision means one on one direct with only the supervisor and the supervisee.

Social Worker

b) supervision, on a form approved by the board, which shall include at least 100 documented hours of individual or group supervision by a qualified supervisor. At least 50% of the 100 hours shall be individual and face-to-face by a licensed social worker, and at least 10 hours of which includes direct observation of the service delivery. Each supervisory session shall be documented with the following information:
(i) date and length of supervision in increments not less than 15 minutes;
(ii) names of applicant, supervisor (including type of license and number) and signatures of both;
(iii) content summary (excluding confidential information).
It must be individual or group supervision, a real time interactive process for the entire 100 hours of individual face-to-face, the additional 40 hours of individual or group supervision and the 10 hours of supervision associated with the direct observation.  This could be telephone, interactive video, Internet live chat, two way radio, etc.  This does not include review of notes or correspondence (postal or Internet).

Regarding the 10 hours of direct observation:  The intent of this requirement is that the supervisor must have an opportunity to observe an unedited interaction between the social worker and the client.  This could include sitting in on a clinical session, observing behind a one-way window, viewing a video recording, or listening to an audio recording.  Reading detailed process notes would not qualify.  Also, just observing this interaction for a total of 10 hours does not constitute supervision.  This observation process would be of no value if there were no follow-up supervisory feedback to this observation.  It is reasonable that an accompanying hour for hour supervisory session would follow the 10 hours of direct observation.

The documentation of 3000 hours of supervision is very important to ensure a high level of competency.  One form is a log of the actual hours describing the type of supervision.  The other form is a summary of those hours documented in the log.

You can have another licensed individual from the entity who was there at the time your supervisor worked there write a statement that the individual was employed during the time of supervision, was licensed by the jurisdiction, and did indeed supervise your clinical experience.

The short answer is no.  The Statute 37-22-301(2)(b) states “(b) has completed at least 24 months of supervised post master's degree work experience in psychotherapy, which included 3,000 hours of social work experience, of which at least 1,500 hours were in direct client contact, within the past 5 years. . .”

If you are gaining your supervised experience in Montana, then yes, the supervisor does have to be licensed in Montana.  If you are gaining your supervised hours outside of the State of Montana, the supervisor must be licensed in the jurisdiction (state) of practice as a clinical social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist.

A social work applicant is seeking licensure as a social worker not as a professional counselor.  In many jurisdictions (states) supervision is only accepted by licensed social workers at the level of licensure sought.  If you moved out of state, to one of those jurisdictions, you may not meet the minimum licensing requirements of that jurisdiction if your supervision is by any other professional than a clinical social worker. The licensed clinical social worker should as a minimum competency meet the Medicare standards (the licensee will want to be able to bill Medicare in independent practice), and the professional counselor is not recognized at this time under Medicare law as a qualified provider of service.   Psychiatrists, and PhD psychologists are recognized providers under Medicare, thus they can provide part of the supervision and give reference letters.   The statute was written with those considerations in mind and with the given reality of the rural nature of the state.

The statutes state the following: 37-22-301. License requirements (2) (b) has completed at least 24 months of supervised post master's degree work experience in psychotherapy, which included 3,000 hours of social work experience, of which at least 1,500 hours were in direct client contact, within the past 5 years.