Agency Affiliated Counselor Rules in Progress

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Current rules in progress

The department is currently working to implement ESSHB 1504 to allow student interns to practice as agency affiliated counselors.

A virtual workshop for stakeholders will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. via Microsoft Teams.  Proposed draft language and the information to join the meeting are below. 

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AAC Fee Increase CR 103 (WSR 22-20-067) (PDF)

State law RCW 43.70.250 requires that the cost of regulating each profession be paid for by that profession’s credential fees. Based on the financial forecast, the department is implementing a fee increase to bring the profession’s fund balance into the recommended range. The attached Cost Driver document (PDF) includes proposed fee changes and financial information about your profession, including budget trends, and the financial forecast.

The fee increase for agency affiliated counselors is effective June 1, 2023, and the fees will be updated as follows:

Non-Refundable Fee Type Current Fee Amount Fee effective June 1, 2023
Initial registration $90 $175
Renewal $75 $185
Late renewal penalty $50 $95
Expired registration reissuance $50 $50
Duplicate credential $10 $10
Certification letter $25 $25

If you have questions about the agency affiliated counselor profession, contact the program manager by email.

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