Kentucky Becomes 6th State to License Pastors as Counselors

Alice Forgy Kerr
Alice Forgy Kerr

Kentucky is now licensing pastoral counselors to help people with marital conflicts, addictions, and depression.

The new law, which took effect Tuesday, will cover about 30 pastors who work as mental and behavioral health counselors, and it will allow their services to be covered by insurance.

The pastors must have a master’s in counseling, more than 1,300 hours of supervised practice, 250 hours of clinical work, and pass a written exam.

“It’s an opportunity for better mental health counseling,” Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr, R-Lexington, told the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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