The Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners is protects and promotes the welfare of the people of Arizona. They do this by ensuring each person who holds a license as a psychology professional in the State of Arizona is able to practice safely. This means the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners has the authority to discipline the license of any psychology professional. Chelle Law’s Arizona Psychology Board Attorney’s have represented over 1,000 health care professionals before Arizona licensing boards. Our attorney’s have the experience to help psychology professionals with all Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners matters. Psychology professionals we assist with Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners issues include:
- Behavior analysts.
Arizona Psychology Board Complaint
Who can file a complaint against a psychology professional? Patients, health care facilities, other professionals, among others. When the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners receives a complaint, the Board initiates an investigation into the complaint (if the Board has jurisdiction and the Complaint isn’t dismissed). After this happens, the psychology professional receives notice and the board assigns an investigator to the case. Please note, having an attorney during this step can be crucial for psychology professionals. This is because they must submit a response, interview with the investigator while also possibly appearing at a Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners Meeting.
Psychology Board Application Assistance
Applicants to the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners with a criminal history or previous discipline by the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners (or any other Board) may be subject to denial of their application for licensure. Thus, those with a criminal or disciplinary history from other licensing boards will be investigated by the Board.
Reporting a Criminal Charge to the Psychology Board
Psychology professionals who hold a valid license with the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners, or pending applicants, must notify the Board of any criminal charge that may affect patient safety within ten business days. Ask us what crimes an individual must report and the potential discipline that can come with it.
Psychologist Administrative Appeal and Hearing
Any licensee may request an appeal of an Arizona Psychology Board disciplinary action. However, Board appeals are not heard by an administrative law judge with the Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). This is because this Board oversees their own hearings. Furthermore, in some circumstances, a case is sent automatically to hearing.
These hearings are not as formal as a trial, but are similar. Each party presents evidence using documents or sworn testimony. Each party also gives an opening and closing argument, which should explain why the the Board should rule one way or the other. A psychology professional’s attorney can cross examine witnesses and testify on his or her behalf. After the hearing, the Board makes a decision to either accept, reject or modify their original decision. If a professional feels there has been an error they can request a rehearing.
Arizona Psychologist Disciplinary Actions
Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners disciplinary actions are given to psychology professionals with a license or certification in Arizona. This is because it’s the job of the Board to review any complaint alleging a violation of the Arizona laws and regulations. If the Board determines formal disciplinary action is necessary it happens after the completion of an investigation. Thus, at an Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners Meeting the Board votes to determine the outcome of each investigation. The Board can either vote on a non-disciplinary outcome or to offer the psychology professional formal discipline. Disciplinary actions a professional can face include:
- Letter of concern.
- Decree of censure.
- Non-disciplinary order for continuing education.
If you’re interested in setting up a consultation with an Arizona Psychology Board Attorney at Chelle Law or if you would like to learn more about any of the services we provide to Arizona psychology professionals, reach out to us today.