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MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS OPPOSE MERGER

The Senate Health Committee voted Friday, once again, to table legislation that would have brought all professional mental health professionals under the control of a single licensing board.
Speakers from both the National Association of Social Workers and the Association of V.I. Psychologists were opposed to being regulated along with family, school, rehabilitation and addiction counselors.
The representatives told the committee that their educational and training standards far exceed the requirements for other counselor groups, said noted that psychologists and social workers are already regulated by a licensing board.
Another concern was that merging the entities under one licensing board would not be cost-effective.
Patricia Rhymer Todman, a UVI professor of psychology, testified against the proposal, as did Dr. Rita Dudley-Grant of the Association of V.I. Psychologists, Kimberly Causey-Gomez, president of the National Association of Social Workers, and Jane Chrisitansen, who heads the Social Work Licensure Board.
The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Lorraine Berry, admitted that "the legislature has become the center of a turf war with both sides." She moved to hold the legislation in committee "until a compromise bill pleasing to both sides" can be drafted.

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The Senate Health Committee voted Friday, once again, to table legislation that would have brought all professional mental health professionals under the control of a single licensing board.
Speakers from both the National Association of Social Workers and the Association of V.I. Psychologists were opposed to being regulated along with family, school, rehabilitation and addiction counselors.
The representatives told the committee that their educational and training standards far exceed the requirements for other counselor groups, said noted that psychologists and social workers are already regulated by a licensing board.
Another concern was that merging the entities under one licensing board would not be cost-effective.
Patricia Rhymer Todman, a UVI professor of psychology, testified against the proposal, as did Dr. Rita Dudley-Grant of the Association of V.I. Psychologists, Kimberly Causey-Gomez, president of the National Association of Social Workers, and Jane Chrisitansen, who heads the Social Work Licensure Board.
The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Lorraine Berry, admitted that "the legislature has become the center of a turf war with both sides." She moved to hold the legislation in committee "until a compromise bill pleasing to both sides" can be drafted.