Delaware PSYPACT Legislative Update
On June 5, 2019, Delaware voted to pass PSYPACT legislation as DE HB 172. It reads:
This Act, the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT), is an interstate compact designed to facilitate the practice of telepsychology and the temporary in-person, face-to-face practice of psychology across state boundaries. PSYPACT has become operational as at least seven states have enacted PSYPACT legislation. Through PSYPACT, licensed psychologists are able to apply for and use Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) certificates, which include the E.Passport to practice telepsychology and the Interjurisdictional Practice Certificate (IPC) to conduct temporary in-person, face-to-face practice in PSYPACT states.
The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards has also coordinated the following legislation which is currently under review:
- District of Columbia B 145
- New Hampshire HB 483
- New Hampshire SB 232
- North Carolina HB 297
- Pennsylvania SB 67
- Rhode Island SB 682
- Texas HB 1501
- Texas SB 601
This legislation applies to licensed psychologists only. It is also noteworthy that the PSYPACT Commission is currently being established. Psychologists in Delaware and previously announced PSYPACT states cannot start practicing over state lines at this point in time. The Commission will determine procedures and start dates. The Commission will be the governing body of PSYPACT that creates the Rules and Bylaws. Once the Rules and Bylaws are finalized, licensed psychologists will be allowed to apply for and use ASPPB certificates, which include the E.Passport and the Interjurisdictional Practice Certificate (IPC) to conduct temporary, in-person, face-to-face practice in PSYPACT states.
For more information, email ASPPB at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need specific information about legally practicing over state lines and the PSYPACT law? TBHI’s “How to Legally Practice Over State Lines with Telebehavioral Health and Telemental Health” online training will look at what has been accomplished, what is still left to be accomplished and more importantly, action-items for all practitioners who wish to expand their services over state and international borders. Basic issues regarding good clinical practice, regulatory boards, and resources for practitioners as well as decisions makers in hospitals, agencies, and clinics will also be included.