Who Pays For The Counseling Compact?
Most likely you…and I. In other words, licensees/LPCs.
The compact organization’s plan is to charge states a fee to participate in the counseling compact. Your state board may then opt to charge a fee for licensees in order to cover the costs of administering the counseling compact.
Many states that have passed compact legislation also provided their governments with fiscal analysis aimed to estimate the costs to the state.
Colorado has successfully allocated monies for a full-time employee and general administrative costs.
Also, the compact could result in impacts to the state and it’s political subdivisions. For example, staffing and labor related costs to Departments of Health, Secretary of State and Attorney General. The latter having a key role in processing consumer complaints against licensees and interpreting the compact law is at relates to states abilities to participate in the compact.
Encourage your state professional association representing LPC’s to lobby to include funds for the board so they might not need to pass these fees onto licensees.
Much more to come.