Bottom Line: Initiate application for PsyPact E.passport by Jan. 31 to avoid $400 fee
Situation: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded ASPPB federal funding to help provide support for the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES). As part of the 2020 funding, and in hopes of increasing access to mental health care services via telepsychology, ASPPB is extending the E.Passport application fee ($400) waiver until January 31, 2021. Please note that you need to have initiated the E.Passport application by January 31, 2021 to take advantage of the $400.00 fee waiver. You do not have to have your application submitted or completed by that date.
Background: PSYPACT is an interstate compact designed to allow licensed psychologists to legally and ethically practice telepsychology and conduct temporary in-person, face-to-face practice of psychology across state boundaries without necessitating that an individual become licensed in every state to practice.
States currently participating in the compact: AZ, CO, DE, GA, IL, MO, NE, NV, NH, OK, PA, TX, UT, VA; coming March 2021 NC.
States with pending legislation for inclusion in the compact: DC, IN, KY, NJ, IA, TN, WA, MN, OH, MD, CT.
Assessment: If you are licensed in a state that is part of the compact, you may want to submit an application if you are already conducting telepsychology within your home state and would like to extend your services to patients located in other compact states, or if you wish to have lower restrictions for temporary, face-to-face services in another state that has become part of the compact. Note: there are additional fees assessed, including a yearly maintenance fee for the e-passport (see PsyPact website).
Recommendation: If you are licensed in one of the compact states listed above, visit the PsyPact website today to see if you and your practice may benefit from this additional credential to allow interjurisdictional practice while the waiver is in effect (ends 1/31/2021). If you are licensed in a state with pending legislation, reach out to your state psychological association and/or your state legislatures to voice your comments about adopting PsyPact.
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