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An approved provider refers to a mental health professional licensed or certified in a state.
The following is an example of a state law on approved provider:
An approved provider scope of practice includes providing mental health treatment services and who is approved by the Sex Offender Risk Assessment Advisory Board, under administrative regulations promulgated by the board, to provide comprehensive sex offender presentence evaluations or treatment to adults and youthful offenders. [KRS § 17.500].