State psychology licensure questions about mental illness and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Title

State psychology licensure questions about mental illness and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Creator

Boyd Jennifer E; Graunke Bruce; Frese Frederick J; Jones James T R; Adkins Jennifer W; Bassman Ronald

Publisher

The American journal of orthopsychiatry

Date

2016
1905-07

Description

State licensing boards have obligations to protect the public from impaired professionals and to protect the rights of professionals applying for licensure. Competently functioning professionals who have or have had a mental health diagnosis or are being treated for a mental health condition should not be screened out, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A review of case law shows applicable precedents from discrimination among physicians and lawyers but not, to date, among psychologists. An examination of psychology licensure application materials from all 50 states and the District of Columbia revealed that some states, particularly Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, and New Hampshire, include language that might screen out professionals with lived experience who are currently functioning competently. For comparison, we review a sample of licensure applications for physicians and lawyers and find a similar pattern. Five of the present authors offer ourselves and other published authors as examples of competent licensed psychologists who have lived with mental illnesses. We conclude with recommendations for more inclusive language and protection of confidentiality. (PsycINFO Database Record

Subject

Disabled Persons/legislation & jurisprudence; Disclosure/*legislation & jurisprudence; Humans; Licensure/*legislation & jurisprudence; Mental Disorders/*psychology; Prejudice/legislation & jurisprudence; Psychology/*legislation & jurisprudence; United States

Identifier

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

620–631

Issue

6

Volume

86

Citation

Boyd Jennifer E; Graunke Bruce; Frese Frederick J; Jones James T R; Adkins Jennifer W; Bassman Ronald, “State psychology licensure questions about mental illness and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed October 18, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/3976.

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