On July 1, 2016, Section 491.0045, Florida Statutes, was revised to establish a limitation of five years as a registered intern. The law reads, in part:
A registration issued on or before March 31, 2017, expires March 31, 2022, and may not be renewed or reissued. Any registration issued after March 31, 2017, expires 60 months after the date it is issued. The board may make a one-time exception to the requirements of this subsection in emergency or hardship cases, as defined by board rule, if the candidate has passed the theory and practice examination described in s. 491.005(1)(d), (3)(d), and (4)(d).
The Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling promulgated a revision to rule 64B4-3.0085, Florida Administrative Code, the following rule language, effective March 9, 2021, which states, in part:
(10) An “emergency or hardship case” pursuant to s. 491.0045(6), F.S., means that a circumstance or circumstances exist or existed that substantially relate to the ability to complete the internship requirements. The circumstance or circumstances must be beyond the registered intern’s control and be of such duration to have eliminated the ability of the Registered Intern to complete their internship requirements within the timeframe established pursuant to s. 491.0045(6), F.S. Failure to pass the exam does not meet the requirements of an emergency or hardship case.
(11) No later than 90 days prior to the expiration of the internship registration, the Registered Intern shall submit, in writing, a request to the Board for an exception to the requirements of s. 491.0045(6), F.S., with all documents necessary to demonstrate the emergency or hardship case experienced by the Registered Intern. Upon establishment of an emergency or hardship case, as determined by the Board, the Board shall issue the Registered Intern a one-time exception by granting an extension of the Registered Intern’s registration status for up to 24 months from the date of the initial registration expiration. The Board shall determine the length of the extension and no further exceptions or extensions are authorized by s. 491.0045, F.S.
It is important that you begin your final preparations before your license expires March 31, 2022, by evaluating your completion of supervision hours and the appropriate national examination.
For more information regarding full licensure, please visit our website at: https://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/licensing/.
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