Mich. House Passes Bill Aimed at Clarifying Scope of Practice for Licensed Counselors

A bill allowing licensed counselors to continue diagnosing and treating patients is now heading to the state Senate.

The legislation looks to clarify what professional licensed counselors can and cannot do in the state.

It unanimously passed the Michigan House Tuesday.

This bill comes after a proposed rule revision by the state of Michigan’s licensing department.

The state says the current law does not allow counselors to diagnose and use psychotherapy.

Counselors say this would cost them their jobs and impact the mental health of thousands of patients.