ORS 675.160¹
Mental Health Regulatory Agency

(1) The Mental Health Regulatory Agency is created to provide for the more effective coordination of administrative and regulatory functions of the regulated boards involved in protecting the public through the licensing and regulation of professions in this state that are related to behavioral and mental health.

(2) The agency shall provide a uniform structure and accountability for the regulated boards under the administration of the agency to protect the public from harm. The agency’s focus is to:

(a) Promote effective behavioral and mental health policy that protects the public from incompetent or unauthorized individuals and allows consumers to select a provider from a range of safe options.

(b) Provide outreach and training to stakeholders to improve compliance with public health and safety standards and to involve stakeholders in the regulation of various disciplines and fields of practice.

(c) Form partnerships and work in collaboration with local and state governmental agencies, educators, organizations and other affected entities to encourage diverse opinions and perspectives.

(d) Provide the regulated boards with a standardized administrative forum and procedures for operation, fiscal services, licensing, enforcement and complaint resolution.

(e) Resolve disputes between regulated boards regarding the scope of practice of persons with authorizations in regulated professions. [2017 c.104 §1]

Note: 675.160 (Mental Health Regulatory Agency) to 675.178 (Agency director appointment) were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 675 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 675—Psychologists; Occupational Therapists; Certified Sexual Offense Therapists; Regulated Social Workers; Licensed Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors675.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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