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Mental Health Practice

Welcome to the Board of Mental Health Practice.

The New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice has been established to identify for the public, quality healthcare professionals through a system of licensure standards of practice, continuing competency and regulatory oversight.

The Board's mission is to assure that the services provided by mental health professionals are effective and of a quality consistent with the standard of care within the mental health profession, and to safeguard the mental health consumer against harm which may be caused by unqualified, impaired or unlicensed practitioners. We are charged with maintaining the integrity of the following disciplines:

  • Pastoral psychotherapists
  • Clinical social workers
  • Clinical mental health counselors
  • Marriage and family therapists

Public Hearing

On December 15, 2017, the Board of Mental Health Practice (“Board”) voted to adopt as an initial proposal Mhp 302.04(e)-(g) pdf file, relative to “Application Process for Those Licensed in Another State.” The Board will be holding a public comment hearing on this proposal on February 16, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification, 121 S. Fruit Street, Concord, NH 03301. Those who wish to provide testimony in person may do so at that public hearing. The Board will also be accepting written testimony on this proposal through February 26, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. Those who wish to provide written testimony may do so via mail or email directed to the following address:

Robert J. Lamberti, Jr.
Office of Professional Licensure & Certification
121 S. Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301
Robert.lambertijr@oplc.nh.gov

On January 19, 2018, the Board of Mental Health Practice voted to amend Mhp 501.02(a)(3) pdf file, relative to the code of ethics for mental health counselors, in order to reflect the updated American Mental Health Counselors Association code of ethics effective 2015. Any person interested in providing comments on this proposed update to the ethical code for mental health counselors may do so in writing by February 15, 2018 to the following address or email address:

Robert J. Lamberti, Jr., Attorney III (robert.lambertijr@oplc.nh.gov)
Office of Professional Licensure & Certification
121 S. Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301

Out-of-State Practice

NH Board of Mental Health Practice
Statement of Interpretation of Statutory Authority
Approved by the Board on February 17, 2012

In light of the recent queries posed to the Board concerning out-of-state-practice, practice via the internet, practice through the use of videoconference, and via other technologies, the Board clarifies as follows:

Out-of-State Practice

Pursuant to NH RSA chapter 330-A

If you are located in New Hampshire and are providing mental health services to a consumer located in another jurisdiction, you are considered to be practicing in New Hampshire and need to be licensed in this State.

If you are located in another state and are providing mental health services to a consumer located in New Hampshire, you are considered to be practicing in New Hampshire and need to be licensed in this State.

In either case, you might also be considered to be practicing in another jurisdiction. This statement is not intended to interpret the laws of any other jurisdiction.

If you are about to engage in therapy with a mental health provider in New Hampshire you would be advised to contact the Board of Mental Health Practice to check if the provider is licensed in New Hampshire (603-271-6762) or check on line at https://nhlicenses.nh.gov/verification.

Board News

The Board of Mental Health Practice has a vacancy for a Public Member. Those interested in the position should contact the board administrator, Kelly Martin at 603-271-0272 or kelly.martin@oplc.nh.gov.

The Board of Mental Health Practice administrative staff is currently undergoing changes and new systems with on-line licensing are being implemented with OPLC Boards, at this time. Please understand there may be delays in processing over the next 30 days while these changes occur. We appreciate your patience during this transition. Thank you.

Mhp 402.01 (d) was adopted by the Board on January 15, 2016 and reads as follows:

At least 3 of the 40 CEU's shall be completed in accordance with RSA 330-A:10,XIV and shall be from Category A.

Contact

Penny Taylor, Administrator
Sharon Canney, Administrative Supervisor
121 South Fruit Street, Suite 303
Concord, NH 03301

(603) 271-2702 (phone)
(603) 271-6702 (fax)

bdmhp@oplc.nh.gov


Office of Professional Licensure and Certification
121 South Fruit Street |  Concord, NH 03301
Main Telephone: (603) 271-2152