8. Describe how the proposed rules protect the health, safety, and welfare of Michigan citizens while promoting a
regulatory environment in Michigan that is the least burdensome alternative for those required to comply.
The proposed rules supply a regulatory mechanism for the practice of counseling. To protect the health, safety, and
welfare of Michigan’s citizens, it is important that members of the profession adhere to educational and professional
9. Describe any rules in the affected rule set that are obsolete or unnecessary and can be rescinded.
No rescission of any rules is necessary.
Fiscal Impact on the Agency
Fiscal impact is an increase or decrease in expenditures from the current level of expenditures, i.e. hiring additional staff,
higher contract costs, programming costs, changes in reimbursements rates, etc. over and above what is currently
expended for that function. It does not include more intangible costs for benefits, such as opportunity costs, the value of
time saved or lost, etc., unless those issues result in a measurable impact on expenditures.
10. Please provide the fiscal impact on the agency (an estimate of the cost of rule imposition or potential savings
for the agency promulgating the rule).
There is no expected fiscal impact on the agency for promulgating the proposed rules.
11. Describe whether or not an agency appropriation has been made or a funding source provided for any
expenditures associated with the proposed rules.
There has been no agency appropriation for the proposed rules because there are no expected agency expenditures
associated with the proposed rules.
12. Describe how the proposed rules are necessary and suitable to accomplish their purpose, in relationship to the
burden(s) the rules place on individuals. Burdens may include fiscal or administrative burdens, or duplicative
The proposed rules supply a mechanism for the licensing and regulation of individuals in this state, as mandated by
statute. Applicants and licensees will continue to have a cost related burden associated with licensing, renewal, or
relicensure. The cost of licensure for a Limited Licensed Counselor License is $86.45. The cost of licensure for a
Limited Licensed Counselor – Relicensure is $106.45. The cost of licensure for a Licensed Professional Counselor –
By Exam is $254.30. The cost of licensure for a Licensed Professional Counselor – By Endorsement is $254.00.
The cost of licensure for a Licensed Professional Counselor – Relicensure is $274.00.
A. Despite the identified burden(s), identify how the requirements in the rules are still needed and reasonable
compared to the burdens.
The rules are necessary to supply a mechanism for licensing and regulation of the profession. The rules are not more
restrictive than allowed by statute. Despite the cost related burden of licensing, the rules and regulations are
necessary to supply a framework of standards for educational and licensure requirements.
Impact on Other State or Local Governmental Units
13. Estimate any increase or decrease in revenues to other state or local governmental units (i.e. cities, counties,
school districts) as a result of the rule. Estimate the cost increases or reductions for other state or local
governmental units (i.e. cities, counties, school districts) as a result of the rule. Include the cost of equipment,
supplies, labor, and increased administrative costs in both the initial imposition of the rule and any ongoing
There is no expected increase or decrease in revenues to other state or local government units, nor are there cost
increases or reductions on other state or local government units expected because of the proposed rules.
14. Discuss any program, service, duty, or responsibility imposed upon any city, county, town, village, or school
district by the rules.
The proposed rules do not impose any program, service, duty, or responsibility upon any city, county, town, village,
or school district.
A. Describe any actions that governmental units must take to be in compliance with the rules. This section should
include items such as record keeping and reporting requirements or changing operational practices.
No action is necessary for governmental units to follow the rule(s).