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ASPPB Receives Licensure Portability Grant from HRSA

AGrant from HRSAThe Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) is the alliance of state, provincial, and territorial agencies responsible for the licensure and certification of psychologists throughout the United States and Canada. ASPPB was formed in 1961 to serve psychology boards in the two countries. It coordinates cooperative efforts of boards, facilitates communication among boards, maintains a Disciplinary Data Bank, issues a Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (CPQ), advocates for the advancement of mobility by encouraging board acceptance of the CPQ and the ASPPB Agreement of Reciprocity (AOR), maintains a Credentials Verification Program (CVP), and provides a Score Transfer Service. ASPPB acts as a voice for those responsible for the regulation of the practice of psychology. ASPPB has drafted a Model Act, Model Regulations, a Code of Conduct, and guidelines for the use and/or adoption by state and provincial psychology boards.

In June of 2012, ASPPB announced that it was selected to receive one of two Licensure Portability Grants offered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant will contribute $349,785.00 each year for three (3) years. The primary purpose of this grant is to provide support for State professional licensing boards to carry out programs that will reduce statutory and regulatory barriers to telemedicine. The awarded grant funds will be used to continue the development and implementation of the ASPPB Psychology Licensure Universal System (PLUS).

As an integral means of addressing the barriers associated with telepsychology, ASPPB has developed an on-line application system, the PLUS, that can be used by any applicant who is seeking licensure, certification, or registration in any state, province, or territory in the United States or Canada that participates in the PLUS program. The PLUS also enables concurrent application for the ASPPB Certificate of Professional Qualification (CPQ) and the ASPPB Interjurisdictional Practice Certificate (IPC). All information collected as part of the application is deposited and saved in the Credentials Bank: a Credentials Verification & Storage Program (The BANK) where it can be accessed by the psychologist at a later date or forwarded to any other licensing board, organization, entity, or individual, upon request at any time in the future; therefore streamlining future licensing processes.

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