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Georgia State Code
Title      43
Chapter      39  
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Title 43, Chapter 39, Section 13 (43-39-13)

(a) The board shall have the authority to refuse to grant or renew a license to an applicant therefor or to suspend or revoke a license issued by the board or to discipline a person licensed by the board based upon any of the following: the employment of fraud or deception in applying for a license or in passing the examination provided for in this chapter; conviction of a felony; the practice of psychology under a false or assumed name or the impersonation of another practitioner of a like or different name; habitual intemperance in the use of alcoholic beverages, narcotics, or stimulants to such an extent as to incapacitate one in the performance of one's duties; negligence or wrongful actions in the performance of one's duties; or for any violation of subsection (a) of Code Section 43-1-19. Any license revoked by the board shall be subject to reinstatement at the discretion of the board:

(1) In enforcing this subsection, the board may, if it has reasonable basis to believe that the psychologist is practicing while incapacitated in the performance of his or her duties by reason of substance abuse or mental or physical illness, require a licensee or applicant to submit to a mental, physical, or mental and physical examination by an appropriate licensed practitioner designated by the board. The results of such examination shall be admissible in any hearing before the board, notwithstanding any claim of privilege under a contrary rule of law or statute. If a licensee fails to submit to each examination when properly directed to do so by the board, the board may summarily suspend such license, if the public health, safety, and welfare imperatively requires such action, and thereafter enter a final order upon proper notice, hearing, and proof of such refusal; and

(2) For the purpose of this subsection, the board, if it has a reasonable basis to believe that the psychologist is incapacitated in the performance of his or her duties by reason of substance abuse or mental or physical illness, may require the psychologist to produce or give the board permission to obtain any and all records relating to the alleged incapacitating mental or physical condition of a licensee or applicant, including that individual's personal psychiatric and psychological records; and such records shall be admissible in any hearing before the board. If a licensee fails to provide such records when properly directed to do so by the board, the board may summarily suspend such license, if the public health, safety, and welfare imperatively requires such action, and thereafter enter a final order upon proper notice, hearing, and proof of such refusal.

(b) The board may not suspend or revoke or refuse to renew any license for cause or refuse to issue a license for lack of good moral character unless the person accused has been afforded an opportunity for a hearing by the board before either the board or its hearing officer. The hearing shall be held in accordance with Chapter 13 of Title 50, the "Georgia Administrative Procedure Act," and the board or its hearing officer shall have all the powers and authority granted to tribunals and their hearing officers under Chapter 13 of Title 50.

(c) The action of the board in granting or refusing to grant or renew a license under this chapter, or in revoking or suspending or refusing to revoke or suspend such a license, may be appealed in accordance with Chapter 13 of Title 50, the "Georgia Administrative Procedure Act," to the superior court in the county where the division director maintains his offices, provided that, if the findings of the board are supported by any evidence, then such findings shall be accepted by the court.

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