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State of California—Health and Human Services Agency
California Department of Public Health

AFL 18-07
January 8, 2018

Government Operated Health Facilities

Assembly Bill (AB) 1456: Professional Licensure

AUTHORITY:     Health and Safety Code (HSC) section 1277

All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary

This AFL informs health care facilities of the enactment of AB 1456 that allows the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to extend from three to four years the issuance of waivers to unlicensed psychologists who are gaining qualifying experience towards licensure.

Effective July 31, 2017, AB 1456 (Chapter 151, Statutes of 2017) extends, from three to four years, the maximum duration of waivers issued from to unlicensed psychologists gaining qualifying experience towards their license by working in health facilities licensed by CDPH and operated by the state or other government entities. 

AB 1456 makes no changes to eligibility requirements for requesting a waiver. An individual or state operated health care facility seeking a waiver for a staff member should continue to submit a waiver request to the State Facilities Section. 

For additional questions about requesting a waiver, contact CDPH’s State Facilities Section at 1-855-804-4205, or by e-mail:

CDPH’s failure to expressly notify facilities of statutory or regulatory requirements does not relieve facilities of their responsibility for following all laws and regulations. Facilities should refer to the full text of all applicable sections of the HSC and the California Code of Regulations to ensure compliance.



Original signed by Jean Iacino

Jean Iacino
Deputy Directo

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