IDOPL Board Meeting Overviews

IMHCA is committed to keeping our members informed about Idaho Department Occupational and Professional Licenses (IDOPL) activities and decisions.  The quarterly meetings are attended by an IMHCA representative.  The information gleaned, plus posted IDOPL minutes and documents, are reduced to an overview. 

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    Tentative 2020 IDOPL Quarterly Meeting Dates

    February 27 & 28 | May 28 & 29 | August 20 & 21 | October 22 & 23

    Confirm dates at IDOPL website. Meetings start at 9 am on both days. Thursday is the recommended day to attend as the board often goes into long executive sessions on Friday that are not open to the public.

    Idaho Department of Occupational and Professional Licenses 
    700 West State Street, Boise, ID 83702
    Phone: (208) 334-3233

    NOTE: The IDOPL currently closed to any walk in traffic to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For updates or questions, please contact Pam Rebolo at

    Sample Board Meeting Overview

    July 12, 2018 Meeting
    by Beverly Hines, LPC
    1. IBOL board (“Board”) is contemplating creating a report template to aid supervisors, who have been hired by counselors requiring supervision as a part of their discipline remediation, as they write their reports for the Board.

    2. An emphasis on rehabilitation as opposed to retribution was described as a guiding force for the Board when determining appropriate disciplinary actions.

    3. Board is collaborating with Idaho’s social worker board and psychologist board to create a standard disciplinary process across boards.

    4.  2017 data—Total of 27 cases were reported to the Board:
      •  20 were closed with no disciplinary action
      •  7 closed with disciplinary actions
    5. Lessons learned from recent Board disciplinary actions:
      • Claiming to be a registered supervisor, and providing supervision services when not actually an Idaho registered supervisor, is a disciplinary offense.  Discipline has included paying Board investigative and attorney costs, license suspended for 6 months followed by a minimum of two years probation.  First year of probation has weekly supervision requirements; second year has monthly supervision requirements.  Quarterly reports by supervisor required to be submitted to the Board.  Fifteen hours Board approved face-to-face CE units required to be taken in addition to the yearly requirement of 20 CE license requirements.  Twenty page scholarly review of the literature dealing with the specific ethical violations required.  Loss of the ability to be a registered supervisor for minimum of five years.

      • All counselors seeking services from a registered supervisor need to check with the Board’s website to make sure their intended supervisor is indeed registered.  All hours supervised by a non-registered supervisor are unable to be counted towards clinical supervision requirements.  In a recent case, two counselors were described as being unable to get credit for the hours accrued over 1 – 1 ½ years because their supervisor wasn’t registered.  Here is a link to IBOL’s list of registered supervisors.

      • (This material is summarized from the IBOL Disciplinary Actions posted on 07/12/18.)
    6. In response to President Trump’s executive order on decreasing regulations at the federal level, in May, 2017 Lt. Governor Brad Little created a state executive order requiring all licensing boards to implement ways to reduce regulations that are barriers to getting and maintaining licenses in Idaho.
      • In seeking to comply with this order, one law change the Board is planning to request of the Idaho legislature in 2019 is to modify CE requirements.  This is the current language in their report:

        • “Remove the limit on the number of online, interactive courses that qualify for CE – current rules limit online training to 10 hours . This would reduce the barriers and costs of obtaining continuing education units, and allow licensees in rural and remote Idaho to reduce their training and travel costs. This would also allow all Idahoans to take advantage of expert-level training that is offered via online formats.”

        • Board has been focusing on editing the marriage and family laws/rules to reduce onerous regulation.  They will soon be turning their focus on Counselor rules/laws to reduce barriers for licensure in Idaho.
    7. Board financials show that income has not kept pace with expenses for last few years and the Board is currently unable to raise fees because the fees are capped by the legislature.  The current cap of $100 has existed for the last 13 years (since 2005).  The Board plans to request that the Idaho legislature increase the current fee cap from $100 to possibly a $175 cap.  As it takes a lot of effort and money to approach the legislature for law changes, the Board expressed a preference to set the cap at an amount high enough to preclude the necessity of needing to approach the legislature again about this issue for many years.  Board stated it is considering raising fees from $100 to $125 if the fee cap increase is approved.

    8. Board is planning to change law/rule which states that all fees are non-refundable.  Currently an applicant submits an application fee and initial license fee when submitting their new license application.  The Board decided that it is not fair to keep the licensing fee if the applicant does not get approved for a license.   As it stands now if an applicant’s application is not approved, the applicant loses both the application fee and the license fee.  This change would allow the Board to refund the license fee.

    9. The Board is planning to amend the rule that states a counselor must have no violations over the previous five years in order to qualify to be a registered supervisor. It is planning on adding the exception that CE violations won’t count against an applicant.

    10. Board is working on changes to laws/rules to increase license portability for those with mental health counselor training from other states—especially those states with a single tier system.  Right now a person must be licensed in another state to qualify for endorsement in Idaho.  Board plans to change it so counselors who start off as registered interns post-graduation can get an LPC license (if they meet all educational and direct client hour requirements) and if they moved to Idaho before being licensed in their state.

    11. It has come to the Board’s attention that some registered supervisors are calling themselves “certified” because they are on the registered supervisor list.  As a clarification, supervisors are not vetted by the Board.  Anyone who has met the application requirements is able to register themselves.  There is no certification process so Idaho has no certified supervisor category.

    12. Apparently some supervisors are using LCPC-S to designate their registered supervisor status.  Board noted that this is an incorrect designation as in Idaho the ‘S’ after a license designation denotes holding a senior license.  A senior license is issued to those 65 years and older who have requested this license (the fee for renewing a senior license is cheaper at $60).

    13. The Board has added a public comment section to Board meeting agendas where public attendees can make comments and ask questions.  Previously there was no opportunity for members of the public present at meetings to make comments unless specifically addressed by the Board.

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