Notice of Intended Action

Statements of professional recognition—behavior analysts, mental health professionals, 16.1(1), 16.9, 16.10

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EDUCATIONAL EXAMINERS BOARD[282]

Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to statements of professional recognition for behavior analysts and mental health professionals and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Educational Examiners Board hereby proposes to amend Chapter 16, "Statements of Professional Recognition (SPR)," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 272.2.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, 2021 Iowa Acts, Senate File 532.

Purpose and Summary

2021 Iowa Acts, Senate File 532, directs the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners to create statements of professional recognition for behavior analysts and mental health professionals.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.

Waivers

Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Board for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to 282—Chapter 6.

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Board no later than 4:30 p.m.on June 23, 2021. Comments should be directed to:

Kimberly Cunningham

Board of Educational Examiners

701 East Court Avenue, Suite A

Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0147

Fax: 515.281.7669

Email: kim.cunningham@iowa.gov

Public Hearing

A public hearing at which persons may present their views orally or in writing will be held as follows:

June 23, 2021

1 p.m.

Board Room

701 East Court Avenue, Suite A

Des Moines, Iowa

Persons who wish to make oral comments at the public hearing may be asked to state their names for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of this proposed rule making.

Any persons who intend to attend the public hearing and have special requirements, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Board and advise of specific needs.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

The following rule-making actions are proposed:

Item 1. Amend subrule 16.1(1) as follows:

16.1(1) The following are authorizations that require or permit statements of professional recognition and licenses obtained from the professional licensure division, department of public health, or the board of nursing and that do not permit service as a teacher:

a. School audiologist.

b. School nurse.

c. School occupational therapist.

d. School physical therapist.

e. School social worker.

f. Special education nurse.

g. Speech-language pathologist.

h. School behavior analyst.

i. School mental health professional.

Item 2. Adopt the following new rule 282—16.9(272):

282—16.9(272) School behavior analyst. A person who has obtained a master's degree and board-certified behavior analyst certification and who is licensed by the Iowa board of behavioral science may obtain a statement of professional recognition (SPR) from the board of educational examiners.

16.9(1) Authorization. The holder of this authorization can serve as a school behavior analyst to pupils from birth to age 21 (and to a maximum allowable age in accordance with Iowa Code section 256B.8). The legalization for this support service personnel is through an SPR and not through teacher licensure.

16.9(2) Requirements.

a. The special education director (or designee) of the school district or area education agency must submit a letter to the board of educational examiners to request that the authorization be issued.

b. An applicant must also submit the following documents:

(1)A copy of a temporary or regular license from the board of behavioral science.

(2)An official transcript.

c. While employed by an accredited K-12 school district or area education agency, the applicant must also maintain licensure with the Iowa board of behavioral science.

16.9(3) Validity. The SPR shall be valid for five years.

16.9(4) Temporary authorization. A temporary SPR will be issued for one school year if the class of license from the professional licensure division is temporary. A regular SPR will be issued with verification of a regular license.

Item 3. Adopt the following new rule 282—16.10(272):

282—16.10(272) School mental health professional. A mental health professional pursuant to Iowa Code section 228.1 who has obtained a license from a bureau under the Iowa department of public health shall obtain a statement of professional recognition (SPR) from the board of educational examiners to serve students in a school setting.

16.10(1) Authorization. The holder of this authorization can serve as a school mental health professional to pupils from birth to age 21 (and to a maximum allowable age in accordance with Iowa Code section 256B.8). The legalization for this support service personnel is through an SPR and not through teacher licensure.

16.10(2) Requirements.

a. The special education director (or designee) of the school district or area education agency must submit a letter to the board of educational examiners to request that the authorization be issued.

b. An applicant must also submit the following documents:

(1)A copy of a temporary or regular license from the relevant bureau of the Iowa department of public health.

(2)An official transcript.

c. While employed by an accredited K-12 school district or area education agency, the applicant must also maintain licensure with the relevant bureau of the Iowa department of public health.

d. Social workers shall obtain an SPR specific to school social work.

16.10(3) Validity. The SPR shall be valid for five years.

16.10(4) Temporary authorization. A temporary SPR will be issued for one school year if the class of license from the professional licensure division is temporary. A regular SPR will be issued with verification of a regular license.

Educational Examiners Board


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Closed For Comments

This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 6/23/2021.

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Rule 282-16.1(1) Rule 282-16.10 Rule 282-16.9

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Iowa Code 228.1 Iowa Code 256B.8

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