OCCUPATIONS AND PROFESSIONS
MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICE
330-A:15-a Processing License Applications; Criminal History Record Check.
I. License applications shall be processed as follows:
(a) The board shall either request additional information or documentation within 15 days or act on an application for licensure as a mental health practitioner within 30 days of receipt of a completed application.
(b) The board shall review complete applications received at least 10 days prior to a regularly scheduled meeting at its next regularly scheduled meeting.
II. Every applicant for initial licensure shall submit to the board a criminal history record release form, as provided by the New Hampshire division of state police, department of safety, which authorizes the release of his or her criminal history record, if any, to the board.
III. The applicant shall submit with the release form a complete set of fingerprints taken by a qualified law enforcement agency or an authorized employee of the department of safety. In the event that the first set of fingerprints is invalid due to insufficient pattern, a second set of fingerprints shall be necessary in order to complete the criminal history records check. If, after 2 attempts, a set of fingerprints is invalid due to insufficient pattern, the board may, in lieu of the criminal history records check, accept police clearances from every city, town, or county where the person has lived during the past 5 years.
IV. The board shall submit the criminal history records release form and fingerprint form to the division of state police which shall conduct a criminal history records check through its records and through the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Upon completion of the records check, the division of state police shall release copies of the criminal history records to the board. The board shall maintain the confidentiality of all criminal history records information received pursuant to this section.
V. The applicant shall bear the cost of a criminal history record check.
Source. 2019, 228:3, eff. Sept. 10, 2019.