The Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners was established by law in
1989 to certify professionals in the fields of Social Work, Professional
Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Substance Abuse Counseling. The
first certificates were issued in November of 1990 and in 2000 there were over
5800 professionals certified.
Voluntary certification changed to mandatory licensure on July 1, 2004.
The Board consists of four professional and
four public members appointed by the governor to serve three-year terms.
Four Credentialing Committees, one for each area of
licensure, are also
appointed by the governor to review and determine the qualifications of
applicants. One professional from each committee is appointed to the Board.
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Credentialing Committee members and
agency staff CANNOT approve any required documentation prior to receipt of