If you are a Registered Psychotherapists, this is critical information about the new law governing your right to practice in Colorado.
On July 14, 2020 the governor of Colorado signed into law HB20-1206, a bill that has a profound and unfavorable impact on Registered Psychotherapists.
- Title Change: The title “Registered Psychotherapist” is changed to “Unlicensed Psychotherapist“. All Unlicensed Psychotherapists registered with DORA in Colorado will need to update their website, business cards, and other marketing collateral to reflect this change. Your registration number does not change.
- Registration Closed: New registrations are prohibited in the DORA database for the title Unlicensed Psychotherapists (formerly Registered Psychotherapists.) If you do not have current registration as an Unlicensed Psychotherapist in the DORA database, you cannot become one.
- Lapsed Registrations: If your registration expires, you will not be permitted to practice as an Unlicensed Psychotherapist in Colorado and cannot renew your registration with DORA. Unlike the past, there is no grace period for lapsed registrations, so plan ahead.
- Grandfathering: Unlicensed Psychotherapists with current DORA registration can continue to practice psychotherapy provided your registration never lapses.
- Medical Insurance: Unlicensed Psychotherapists that depend on medical insurance reimbursement may be impacted by the title change. Each insurance company will have its own policy in this regard. Be forewarned.
- Marketing Directories: Unlicensed Psychotherapists that depend on therapist directories to market their business may be impacted by the title change. Each therapist directory has its own policy about qualifications. Be forewarned.
- CAP Membership: CAP membership is open. CAP, the organization, is not directly impacted by this change in the law, although our members certainly are. CAP continues to represent the interests of Unlicensed Psychotherapists in Colorado, and our mission is more important now than ever. We suffered a major setback in HB20-1206 but must continue to fight for the right for Unlicensed Psychotherapists to continue practicing. The organizations that lobbied successfully to close the registration for Unlicensed Psychotherapists are not satisfied and hope to eliminate Unlicensed Psychotherapists entirely in the next legislative session. CAP membership supports our legislative effort to protect our right to practice. CAP is drafting a proposal that addresses the issues leveled against Unlicensed Psychotherapists with the intent to open registration again. We believe in the public’s right to chose from a diversity of mental health treatment options.
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We will update this post as we learn more about the new law. Thanks for your continued support!
Town Hall Meetings
The CAP Education Committee will be hosting monthly Town Hall meetings on video on the third Friday of the month to discuss topics important to Unlicensed Psychotherapists in Colorado. A speaker list is being created, so check our Event Calendar for the latest information.