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Law Summary

A person must get a referral from a licensed physician if he or she wishes to see a hypnotist unless the desired procedure is to quit smoking or lose weight.

Full Text of the Law

IC 25-20.5-1-23

Sec. 23. (a) Except as provided in section 1 of this chapter, an individual who is certified under this article may not treat or
perform a procedure on an individual for a medical, dental, or psychological problem without a referral from a licensed physician,
psychologist, or dentist. Medical, dental, or psychological problems include:

(1) mental illnesses, including depression and phobias;

(2) addictions, including gambling;

(3) sexual disorders, including impotence and sexual aversion;

(4) preparation for a medical or dental procedure;

(5) pain and physical complaints, including headaches and nausea; and

(6) eating disorders, personality disorders, kleptomania, sleepwalking, and bedwetting.
The board may adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to list specific medical, psychological, and dental problems that are included under this
subsection.

(b) A referral is not required under this section to treat or perform a procedure on a person who desires to quit smoking or to lose
weight.

(c) An individual who violates this section commits a Class A misdemeanor.

As added by P.L.175-1997, SEC.7.


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