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About the Agency

The Mental Health Regulatory Agency (MHRA) was created to provide administrative and regulatory oversight to the regulated boards:

  • The Board of Psychology; and
  • The Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists.

MHRA was established when House Bill 2319 was signed into law on May 8, 2017.  The agency enabling statutes can be found at ORS 675.160 through 178.

MHRA performs the following functions for the regulated boards:

  • Budgeting;
  • Recordkeeping;
  • Staffing
  • Contracting;
  • Procedure and policymaking; and
  • Performance and standard setting functions.

The boards maintain their own separate authority for:

  • Complaint investigations;
  • Regulatory enforcement;
  • Establishment and collection of fees;
  • Licensing criteria; and
  • Practice standards.

MHRA is under the supervision and control of one Executive Director (ED).  The ED is responsible for the performance of the duties, functions and powers, and organization of the Agency.