Chambers bill would adopt the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact in Washington state

Rep. Kelly Chambers has sponsored a bill that would make Washington the 13th state in the nation to adopt the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT)—an interstate compact established in 2015 by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.

Under House Bill 2408, qualified psychologists in Washington would be authorized to practice telepsychology, as well as 30 days of in-person psychology, in the 12 other states that have enacted PSYPACT legislation: Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

Chambers, R-Puyallup, says her bill would increase access to care and facilitate the coordination and continuity of care when a patient travels or relocates.

“For years, our state failed to provide adequate care for those struggling with mental health and addiction challenges,” said Chambers. “Only recently have we started making progress and investing significant resources to get people the help they need in a timely manner. Passage of House Bill 2408 would help keep our momentum going by increasing access to mental health care and addiction services through telepsychology.”

There are currently 4,236 licensed psychologists in Washington state.

House Bill 2408 has bipartisan support, with two Republicans and three Democrats signed on as cosponsors. It received a public hearing in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee on Jan. 21, and now awaits further action.

To learn more about the PSYPACT, click here.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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