House unanimously approves Chambers bill to adopt the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact in Washington state

A bill sponsored by Rep. Kelly Chambers to make Washington the 29th state in the nation to adopt the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) was unanimously approved by the state House on Wednesday.

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. Under House Bill 1286, qualified psychologists in Washington would be authorized to practice telepsychology, as well as 30 days of in-person psychology, in the 28 other states that are part of PSYPACT.

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.

“It is critical, now more than ever, that we do everything we can as lawmakers to ensure those struggling with mental health and addiction issues receive adequate and timely care,” said Chambers. “Telepsychology has been a godsend for so many of these individuals, but barriers still exist for those who travel often or are forced to relocate to another state. By entering Washington into the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact with 28 other states, we can remove a significant barrier to access and ensure continuity of care exists for thousands of our residents. I am grateful for the unanimous support this bill received today in the House, and look forward to advocating for it in the Senate.”

House Bill 1286 is supported by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Washington State Psychological Association, the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs, and the Department of Defense.

To learn more about PSYPACT, click here.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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