State Laws Related to the Practice of Psychology & School Psychology

Related Statutes

The following Ohio laws are periodically referenced in regard to situations encountered in psychological practice. This list is not intended to be exhaustive and is provided as a courtesy.  The following are general descriptions and Ohio Revised Code links. 

Before You Call the Board

Before you call the Board please be reminded that:

  • Neither the Board’s Executive Director nor other staff members can offer Board “positions” on issues raised. Callers must understand that the Board and its staff cannot offer legal advice or advice on how to handle a specific professional situation.
  • We have determined that answers to most callers’ questions posed to staff could have been answered by reviewing the Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • Written summaries of callers’ questions and discussions with staff are typically prepared after each call and placed on record and may become subject to disclosure as “public records” under the Ohio Sunshine Laws.
  • The Board cannot provide referrals to specific attorneys.

Licensees are welcome to call the Board office with questions, keeping this summary in mind.

Reminders About Ethics Questions & Available Options

Licensees are expected to have a reasonable working knowledge of the laws and rules governing psychologists and school psychologists and of relevant professional standards and guidelines. Licensees have options when faced with ethical dilemmas or questions about applying the laws and rules to professional practice:

  • Professional associations (e.g., OPA and APA) provide ethics consultations as a member benefit
  • Knowledgeable colleagues might offer valuable experience and direction relative to professional issues
  • Liability insurance carriers might provide advice and direction on professional practice issues
  • Attorneys with expertise in mental health practice are a critical source for actual legal advice
  • The Board web site offers reminders and alerts on various issues
  • The Board office staff can provide references to laws, rules, and Board policy