The bill adds 2 members to the state board of psychologist examiners (board) and requires 2 of the 9 1 of the 7 members of the state board of psychologist examiners (board) to be a prescribing psychologists psychologist .
The bill allows a licensed psychologist to prescribe and administer psychotropic medications if the licensed psychologist holds a conditional prescription certificate or a prescription certificate issued by the board.
A licensed psychologist may apply to the board for a conditional prescription certificate and must include in the application satisfactory evidence that the applicant: has met specific educational, supervisory, and clinical requirements. The board is required to issue a conditional prescription certificate to the licensed psychologist if the board determines the applicant has met the requirements. The licensed psychologist with a conditional prescription certificate may only administer and prescribe psychotropic medications under the supervision of a licensed physician or advanced practice registered nurse and must maintain a collaborative relationship with the patient's health-care provider.
A licensed psychologist who holds a conditional prescription certificate for 2 years and who meets the specified requirements may apply for and receive a prescription certificate (prescribing psychologist). A licensed psychologist with a prescription certificate may prescribe psychotropic medication to a person if the licensed psychologist:
Has completed a doctoral program in psychology;
Has completed a master of science in a clinical psychopharmacological program with specified areas of core instruction;
Has passed the psychopharmacology examination for psychologists;
Has completed a supervised and relevant clinical experience approved by the board;Has successfully undergone a process of independent peer review ;
Holds a current license in good standing;
Maintains the required malpractice insurance; and
Annually completes at least 20 40 hours of continuing education every 2 years .
The bill requires a prescribing psychologist to maintain a collaborative relationship with the health-care provider who oversees the client's general medical care.
The board is authorized to promulgate rules to:
Implement procedures for obtaining a conditional prescription certificate and a prescription certificate; and
Establish grounds for denial, suspension, and revocation of the certificates.
The Colorado medical board is required to review complaints regarding violations of the bill and make recommendations to the board regarding disciplinary action.
The bill requires a prescribing psychologist to disclose to each patient that the psychologist is not a licensed physician.
The bill requires a prescribing psychologist and a licensed psychologist with a conditional prescription certificate to file with the board all individual federal drug enforcement administration registrations and numbers. The board and the Colorado medical board are required to maintain current records of every psychologist with prescriptive authority, including registrations and numbers.
The department of regulatory agencies (department) is required to annually collect information regarding prescribing psychologists and licensed psychologists with conditional prescription certificates , to compile the information, and to share the information with the office in the department responsible for conducting sunset reviews for inclusion in each scheduled sunset review concerning the regulation of mental health professionals.
(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)Statutes affected:
Preamended PA1 (02/17/2023): 12-245-301, 12-245-302
Introduced (01/19/2023): 12-245-301, 12-245-302
Engrossed (02/08/2023): 12-245-301, 12-245-302
Reengrossed (02/09/2023): 12-245-301, 12-245-302
Revised (02/22/2023): 12-30-109, 12-245-301, 12-245-302
Rerevised (02/23/2023): 12-30-109, 12-245-301, 12-245-302
Final Act (03/01/2023): 12-30-109, 12-245-301, 12-245-302
Signed Act (03/03/2023): 12-30-109, 12-245-301, 12-245-302