Montana Board of Behavioral Health

Board Information

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.


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.

Welcome to the Montana Board of Behavioral Health

    • Renewal opens on 11/1/21 for certified behavioral health peer support specialists, licensed clinical professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed master’s social workers (non-clinical), licensed baccalaureate social workers, and all associated candidates licenses for the previous listed license types.
    • Renew online by logging into your eBiz account.
    • If you require assistance contact customer service staff at dlibsdhelp@mt.gov or 406-841-2300.
  • Include Master's and Bachelor's Social Worker Licenses, Separate Candidate Applications, and More User-Friendly Applications for All 13 License Types under the Board

    • The new more user-friendly online applications go live on 1/25/21. They include new applications for all 13 licenses issued by this board, including the four new social worker licenses: LMSW (new license); LMSW candidate (new license); LBSW (new license); LBSW candidate (new license); LCSW; LCSW candidate; LCPC; LCPC candidate; LMFT; LMFT candidates LAC; LAC candidates; and CBHPSS.
    • The other change under current board regulations is that in order to obtain full licensure after completing all supervised work experience hours and passing the required exam, all individuals licensed as candidates will have to submit an application for a "full" version of that license. That also includes paying the application fee and obtaining a new background check. 
    • Check out this website to access the licensing requirements (see license information menu), FAQs, and more. If you have a question and you cannot find the answer on the website contact customer service staff at dlibsdhelp@mt.gov or 406-444-6880. However, we ask that you do try and find the information yourself first so as not to overwhelm our staff who provide service to 32 licensing boards and over 200 license types.
  • 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.  Cllck here to go to our online system to create an account and begin your ApplicationPaying 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.
    • 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.
    • Go to the license information menu for links to licensing requirements and application checklists which will assist you with your application process.
    • If you have submitted an application by paying the fee then wait for our staff to reach out to you via e-mail with any questions or follow-up.
    • Can't find the answer on the website? E-mail dlibsdhelp@mt.gov and be patient. Staff will respond as soon as they are able.
    • Many of the most common questions and the answers to those questions can be found on the board's FAQ page.
    • FAQs include general information and questions that have specifically arisen due to COVID-19 and the state of emergency.
    • Before you e-mail a question check out the board's website if you have a question regarding regulations, licensing requirements, and more. 
    • If you can't find the answer to your question then 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.

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