Umbrella Agencies — A Different Approach to Regulation

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Regulatory experts Greg Searls and Kimble Richardson explain this type of regulatory structure and what it's been like to regulate during COVID-19.

About Greg Searls

Since April 2016, Greg Searls has served as an Executive Director for the Wyoming Department of Administration & Information. Greg’s regulatory oversight includes the Wyoming Board of Athletic Training, the Wyoming Board of Hearing Aid Specialists, the Wyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing Board, the Wyoming Board of Midwifery, the Wyoming Board of Registration in Podiatry, and the Wyoming Board of Examiners of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Greg is a Licensed Funeral Service Practitioner, has served as both an Executive Director and Board Member, and is active with several national organizations, including AASCB, AMFTRB, ASWB, NCSB, and FARB.

About the Wyoming Department of Administration & Information, Professional Licensing Boards

The Department of Administration & Information oversees rules regarding the use of A&I (Administration and Information) services by supported boards as required by House Enrolled Act 40. Twenty (20) licensing boards participate in shared administrative support through A&I.
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About Kimble Richardson, M.S., LMHC, LCSW, LMFT, LCAC

Kimble received his Masters degree with honors in Counseling and Counselor Education from Indiana University in 1987. With over 30 years of experience in healthcare, he has been co-coordinator for emergency department services at Wishard Hospital/Midtown Community Mental Health Center (now Eskenazi Health), served in various capacities at St. Vincent Stress Center, and currently is manager of business development and referrals for Community Health Network – Behavioral Health. He is licensed in Indiana as a mental health counselor, clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, and clinical addiction counselor. He was appointed by the governor to the Behavioral Health and Human Services licensure board and is the current board chair.

About the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency & Indiana Behavioral Health & Human Services Licensing Board

The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency is a state agency that oversees 40 licensing boards and committees. The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board is a composite board with four sections. The first two established sections, social work and marriage and family therapy, began as a certification board in 1992. In 1998, a licensure law was enacted and added mental health counselors to become the Indiana Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counselor Licensing Board. After a time, the board name changed to the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board. In 2012, addiction counselors became the fourth board section.

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