Legislation providing the Indiana State Psychology Board’s authority to create a restricted test list (RTL) has been repealed. HB 1821 removes language originally included in the counselor licensure law which passed in 1997. While this language has been in statute for ten years, a RTL was never successfully adopted despite multiple attempts by the Indiana Psychology Board in the last ten years. Effective July 1, 2007, this new law removes the authority of the Indiana Board of Psychology to create a Restricted Test List (RTL).
Members of a coalition including multiple state and national organizations and organized by the Fair Access Coalition on Testing (FACT) worked successfully as a group to advocate against the formation of an RTL and the repeal of the RTL language. FACT is a multi-disciplinary, non-profit organization that advocates for all health care and educational professionals to be able to administer and interpret tests for which they have been appropriately trained. It is located in the National Board for Certified Counselors headquarters.
FACT would like to express appreciation to all organizations and their individual members who were active in this advocacy effort. Efforts included contacting legislators at key times over the last 10 years and research to aid in the efforts. The success of repealing the RTL happened because of the collective efforts of state and national organizations, their individual members, and others concerned about this legislation. By working together, we helped key decision makers understand the importance of appropriate professional accessibility to instruments that ultimately leads to the greatest accessibility of quality services for the citizens of Indiana.