Wyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing Board
Board Office Updates
The State of Wyoming has adjusted its work policies to protect the health and safety of our staff and licensees. Effective immediately and until further notice, board staff will be working remotely.
Although the office will remain open, due to limited staffing we encourage you to e-mail board staff with inquiries. While we are constantly monitoring phone traffic, e-mail is the most efficient way to reach us:
Greg Searls - firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Best -email@example.com
If you need to speak with a staff member, please call the office and leave a voicemail message. We will return your call as quickly as possible.
We continue to accept and process applications as usual, though processing times may be slightly delayed.
In light of recent events, several licensees have asked the Board to advise them how best to continue their practice and have specifically asked for the Board’s guidance on potential office closures.
The Mental Health Professions Licensing Board cannot close your office due to COVID-19. If there would be any mandatory closures, it would not come from our office. We also cannot advise you on the correct course of action. The following links may help you make an informed decision regarding your business.
Licensees are still required to adhere to the Board’s Rules, Practice Act, and professional standards related to their professions.
CE and Renewal Information
The Board understands that many in-person continuing education options have been cancelled in light of concerns related to the novel coronavirus. The Board reminds licensees that many CE opportunities are available remotely, and wishes to inform you that many academic institutions and practice organizations are offering free or reduced CE courses online. If you are unable to complete your CE obligations, the Board reminds you that you are able to request an exemption from CE obligations for just cause under Chapter 14, Section 5(g) of the Board's rules. The Board may grant such exemptions in its sole discretion.
The Board is legislatively mandated to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Wyoming by ensuring that those individuals licensed or certified to provide these mental health services in this state are appropriately qualified.
Who Must Be Licensed or Certified
Wyoming is a Practice Act and Title Protection state. This means that persons must be licensed or certified by the Board in order to provide the services defined herein. It also means that only persons licensed or certified by the Board may identify themselves with the titles restricted. Of course, as with most laws, there are exemptions. Exempted individuals who may practice the professions regulated without holding a license issued by the Board are:
- Qualified members of other legally recognized professions who are otherwise licensed or certified by this state provided they do not represent themselves as licensed to practice these mental health professions. (Such as physicians, psychologists, advanced nurse practitioners with a psychiatric specialty, school counselors and school social workers.)
- Students providing supervised services as part of a practicum or internship during their degree programs in an accredited institution of higher education.
- Nonresidents who are licensed or certified by another state regulatory board, who do not provide services in this state for more than thirty (30) days during any calendar year.
- A rabbi, priest, minister, clergy or any person acting as a lay religious counselor of any religious denomination or sect provided that the services are within the scope of regular or specialized ministerial duties, the counseling is clearly identified as being based on religious principles and there is no fee for services.
- Persons offering unpaid volunteer services for organizations or charities provided that these persons are approved by the organizations or agencies for whom the services are rendered.
(Specific definitions of exemptions are detailed in W.S. 33-38-103.)
Public Record Requests
In regard to requests for public records, the designated public records person for the Mental Health Professions Licensing Board is Greg Searls.
2001 Capitol Ave, Rm 105, Cheyenne WY 82002
firstname.lastname@example.org (This email is only for public records requests)