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Bill Detail: HB23-1071

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Title Licensed Psychologist Prescriptive Authority
Status Governor Signed (03/03/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Professions & Occupations
House Sponsors J. Amabile (D)
M. Bradfield (R)
Senate Sponsors S. Fenberg (D)
C. Simpson (R)
House Committee Public and Behavioral Health & Human Services
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 01/19/2023

The bill adds 2 members to the state board of psychologist
examiners (board) and requires 2 of the 9 members of the board to be
prescribing psychologists.
The bill allows a licensed psychologist to prescribe and administer
psychotropic medications if the licensed psychologist holds a conditional
prescription certificate or a prescription certificate issued by the board.
A licensed psychologist may apply to the board for a conditional
prescription certificate and must include in the application satisfactory
evidence that the applicant has met specific educational, supervisory, and
clinical requirements. The board is required to issue a conditional
prescription certificate to the licensed psychologist if the board
determines the applicant has met the requirements. The licensed
psychologist with a conditional prescription certificate may only
administer and prescribe psychotropic medications under the supervision
of a licensed physician or advanced practice registered nurse and must
maintain a collaborative relationship with the patient's health-care
A licensed psychologist who holds a conditional prescription
certificate for 2 years and who meets the specified requirements may
apply for and receive a prescription certificate (prescribing psychologist).
A licensed psychologist with a prescription certificate may prescribe
psychotropic medication to a person if the licensed psychologist:
  • Holds a current license in good standing;
  • Maintains the required malpractice insurance; and
  • Annually completes at least 20 hours of continuing
The board is authorized to promulgate rules to:
  • Implement procedures for obtaining a conditional
prescription certificate and a prescription certificate; and
  • Establish grounds for denial, suspension, and revocation of
the certificates.
The bill requires a prescribing psychologist and a licensed
psychologist with a conditional prescription certificate to file with the
board all individual federal drug enforcement administration registrations
and numbers. The board and the Colorado medical board are required to
maintain current records of every psychologist with prescriptive authority,
including registrations and numbers.
The department of regulatory agencies (department) is required to
annually collect information regarding prescribing psychologists and
licensed psychologists with conditional prescription certificates, to
compile the information, and to share the information with the office in
the department responsible for conducting sunset reviews for inclusion in
each scheduled sunset review concerning the regulation of mental health

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