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Laws Move States Nearer To Counseling Compact

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This post is dedicated to providing consolidated information about each state as legislative action is happening. The most recent news will usually appear at the top of this page. 

Updates will include when your state either introduces, passes counseling compact legislation or there are breaking developments on steps closer to your state participating in the counseling compact.

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Can you practice in NY state under the Counseling Compact? No. The NY Compact legislation S 9234 stalled in committee. This was a part of a package of compact bills to codify this into law for 8 health professional practitioners: psychologists, professional counselors, emergency medical personnel, nurses, advanced practice nurses and physical therapists audiology and speech language therapy.  A source familiar with the bill indicated the bills were packaged to increase the chances of majority support. The bills will likely be reintroduced in January of 2023. 

On 5/12/22, The South Carolina General Assembly passed a law permitting the delivery of telemental health to clients who reside in or are present in South Carolina by out of state licensees. It was signed by Governor McMaster on 5/13/22 and became effective 6/12/22. The law applies to certain social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, addiction counselors and psychoeducational specialists with unencumbered licenses. Out of state licensees may not be physically present in South Carolina when delivering counseling services. The law passed with mostly bipartisan support. For the complete rules and how to become an out-of-state registered provider, visit the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors and Psycho-Educational Specialists homepage.

8/4/22 – Delaware governor John Carney signed into law the “Multistate Professional Counselors Compact”. The bill was introduced on 4/6/22 passed unanimously by both house and senate. 

7/26/22- Iowa HF 2179, “Professional Counselors Licensure Compact” is now dead for the 2022 legislative session. The sponsor of the bill intends to reintroduce the bill in January 2023. 

7/26/22- HB 791- NC Counseling Compact legislation now law. Signed by Governor Roy Cooper on 7/7/22 and passed unanimously by both North Carolina house and senate. 

6/29/22 Delaware legislature unanimously passed counseling compact legislation. Awaiting action by the Governor.

Friday 6/24- Governor Chris Sununu signs SB397 into law. Interestingly, whereas the vote was largely split across party lines it was because of a separate section of the bill dealing with the scope of the state’s powers to work across state lines and child welfare and custody cases, The Interstate Child Compact. 

6/28/22. 6/14/22- Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signs Counseling Compact into law. It becomes effective 9/13/22. The governor also signed MD and DO compacts sponsored by the same Senator, Kristina Roegner, last fall.

Louisiana: 6/10/22. Governor John Bel Edwards signed HB582 the Professional Counselors Interstate Compact into law, Act 341. It was passed unanimously by the House and Senate. LA Senator Joe Stagni sponsored the compact bill. As with most states, nearly the entire Professional Counselor practice law has been replaced though preserving important legally granted powers to the Louisiana State Board of Professional Counselors. 

Colorado: 6/8/22, Governor Polis signs compact law. Further, $104,538 has been appropriated to the department of regulatory agencies for use by the division of professions and occupations. The monies are intended for the Colorado State Board of Professional Counselors Examiners to hire an an additional full-time employee and operating expenses.

Tennessee: Passed counseling compact law. Signed by Governor Bill Lee on 5/27/22.

7/25/22: The following states have not yet introduced Counseling Compact bills. No legislators have sponsored counseling compact bills:

Alaska- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Hawaii- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Washington- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
California- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Arizona- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
New Mexico- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Nevada- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Montana- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Wyoming- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
North Dakota- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
South Dakota- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Oklahoma- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Wisconsin- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Michigan- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Idaho- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Texas- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Idaho- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Illinois- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Connecticut- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Massachusetts- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
South Carolina- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Pennsylvania- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Massachusetts- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Vermont- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Virginia- No pending Counseling Compact legislation

These states may simply be slow in acting on the Compact, current state law prohibits them from entering into compacts, or it is not perceived as a pressing matter.

The primary stakeholders, for example state professional associations, may lack manpower and other resources required to present counseling Compact bills to state legislators.

If you hold a single license in these states, what does this mean for you? At present if you wish to be licensed in multiple states quickly, the best route is application by endorsement. 

GA has now passed additional legislation with several changes. Among them are:

1) Georgia HB 972 signed by Governor Kemp on 5/2/22 (now Act 813) reduces by one (1) year the previous requirement for supervised experience.

2) Changes degree requirement a 60 hour master’s program. Aims to limit degrees to clinically-related counseling.

3) In general, Acts clarify the section of law. So Act 813 clarifies the Professional Counselors Licensure Compact Act, GA HB 395. Acts dovetail on existing licensing law and are more specific. 

4) It is unknown how soon these laws will be delivered to LPC applicants and put into force.

*This information is subject to rapid change. Check back often.*

As of this writing, the following states have officially passed counseling compact legislation that has been signed by their governors. Here they are in order of the date which they were passed:

HB395: counseling compact passed into legal law Georgia 5-10-2021

SB0571: cross referenced with HB736 compact passed Maryland 5-18-2021

SB99: counseling compact act passed in Alabama 3-1-2022

HB1026: counseling compact law passed in Mississippi 3/16/2022. Replaced dead SB2916

SB213: counseling compact passed in West Virginia 3-23-2022

SB237: Utah counseling compact law passed 3-24-2022

LD1920: counseling compact legal law in Maine 3-31-2022

HB1521 linked with SB358 counseling compact legal law in Florida 4/6/22

HB65: compact legal law passed in Kentucky 4/8/22

LB752: counseling compact act passed in Nebraska 4/18/22

SB1027: Unanimously passed by both TN house of representatives and senate. Now legal counseling compact law and signed by governor Bill Lee on 5/27/22.

Colorado: 6/8/22, Governor Polis signs compact law. Further, “$104,538 has been appropriated to the department of regulatory agencies for use by the division of professions and occupations.” The monies are intended for hiring of an additional full-time employee and operating expenses.

6/10/22- Louisiana Gov Edwards signs compact into law. Largely bipartisan support.

6/13/22- Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signs Counseling Compact into law. The governor also signed MD and DO compacts sponsored by the same legislator Kristina Roegner last fall.

The following states have introduced legislation, it has been passed or has been passed and awaiting the governors signature:

Updated 7/25/22:

Indiana- introduced. 
Iowa- *presented but now dead. until 1/23 when it could be presented again.*
Delaware- 8/4/22 SB257, Delaware governor John Carney signed into law.
HB582- Passed 6/29. Counseling Compact legislation passed and signed by governor.
New Hampshire. Counseling Compact legislation signed by governor
New York
North Carolina
Minnesota
Missouri
Rhode Island

When can you begin practicing in other states under the Licensed Professional Counselors Compact Law? 

As of today, you cannot practice under the counselor compact. You must practice through the current means for practicing across state lines–primarily applying for licensure through endorsement or reciprocity.

Good Read: The Counseling Compact: What Can I Do In The Meantime?

The compact permits states to enter into the compact and administer it. The law does not repeal licensing requirements set forth by state law.

Most states are working to move through their legislation the language created by CounselingCompact.org. So states are using that drafted language as a template. 

General State Law and Rule Changes for LPC LCSW and MFT

On 5/12/22, The South Carolina General Assembly passed a law permitting the delivery of telemental health to counseling clients who reside in or are present in South Carolina by out of state licensees. It was signed by Governor McMaster on 5/13/22 and became effective 6/12/22. The law applies to certain social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, addiction counselors and psychoeducational specialists with unencumbered licenses. Out of state licensees may not be physically present in South Carolina when delivering counseling services. The law passed with mostly bipartisan support. For the complete rules and how to become a out-of-state registered provider, visit the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors and Psycho-Educational Specialists homepage.

Pursuant to Missouri Code of Regulations 20 CSR 2263-2.050, the State Committee for Social Workers requires the two (2) hour suicide assessment, referral, treatment, and management training be taken within the prior two (2) years of submitting the application. This rule change becomes effective 8/30/22. The full rules and can be found at the Social Work Licensing Board Website. Note, precisely how these rule changes will be implemented is only known by that board. 

*This information is subject to rapid change. Check back often.*

As of this writing, the following states have officially passed counseling compact legislation that has been signed by their governors. Here they are in order of the date which they were passed:

HB395: counseling compact passed into legal law Georgia 5-10-2021

SB0571: cross referenced with HB736 compact passed Maryland 5-18-2021

SB99: counseling compact act passed in Alabama 3-1-2022

HB1026: counseling compact law passed in Mississippi 3/16/2022. Replaced dead SB2916

SB213: counseling compact passed in West Virginia 3-23-2022

SB237: Utah counseling compact law passed 3-24-2022

LD1920: counseling compact legal law in Maine 3-31-2022

HB1521 linked with SB358 counseling compact legal law in Florida 4/6/22

HB65: compact legal law passed in Kentucky 4/8/22

LB752: counseling compact act passed in Nebraska 4/18/22

SB1027: Unanimously passed by both TN house of representatives and senate. Now legal counseling compact law and signed by governor Bill Lee on 5/27/22.

Colorado: 6/8/22, Governor Polis signs compact law. Further, “$104,538 has been appropriated to the department of regulatory agencies for use by the division of professions and occupations.” The monies are intended for hiring of an additional full-time employee and operating expenses.

6/10/22- Louisiana Gov Edwards signs compact into law. Largely bipartisan support.

6/13/22- Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signs Counseling Compact into law. The governor also signed MD and DO compacts sponsored by the same legislator Kristina Roegner last fall.

The following states have introduced legislation, it has been passed or has been passed and awaiting the governors signature:

Updated 6/16/22:

Indiana
Iowa
Delaware
HB582- on the calendar for final passage in senate 5/24/22. Will update when formally passed.
New Hampshire
New York
North Carolina
Minnesota
Missouri
Rhode Island

When can you begin practicing in other states under the Licensed Professional Counselors Compact Law? 

As of today, you cannot practice under the counselor compact. You must practice through the current means for practicing across state lines–primarily applying for licensure through endorsement or reciprocity.

Good Read: The Counseling Compact: What Can I Do In The Meantime?

The compact permits states to enter into the compact and administer it. The law does not repeal licensing requirements set forth by state law.

Most states are working to move through their legislation the language created by CounselingCompact.org. So states are using that drafted language as a template. 

Pennsylvania, other states: no pending counseling compact legislation.

Breaking 7/7/22: The following states have not yet introduced Counseling Compact bills. No legislators have sponsored counseling compact bills:

Alaska- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Hawaii- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Washington- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
California- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Arizona- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
New Mexico- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Nevada- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Montana- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Wyoming- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
North Dakota- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
South Dakota- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Oklahoma- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Wisconsin- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Michigan- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Idaho- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Texas- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Idaho- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Illinois- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Connecticut- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Massachusetts- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
South Carolina- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Pennsylvania- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Massachusetts- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Vermont- No pending Counseling Compact legislation
Virginia- No pending Counseling Compact legislation

These states may simply be slow in acting on the Compact, current state law prohibits them from entering into compacts, or it is not perceived as a pressing matter.

The primary stakeholders, for example state professional associations, may lack manpower and other resources required to present counseling Compact bills to state legislators.

If you hold a single license in these states, what does this mean for you? At present if you wish to be licensed in multiple states quickly, the best route is application by endorsement. 

 

When Will Compact Agreements Launch

As with all states, this will be difficult to determine. 

An important consideration is a term in a states counseling compact law “Uniformity”. Substantially similar licensing requirements weighs heavily into whether two states will enter into a compact agreement.

Unlike criminal law, licensing law is administrative law and enforced uniquely. As regulatory enforcement entities, board rules and regulations need to be passed.

Related Issues Relevant to the Counseling Compact

All state boards will likely need funds allocated as it will be costly to properly implement the compact.

Has Counseling Compact Law Been Passed in My State?

States are rapidly moving to pass this law. It is important to note that none of these states have actually engaged in participating agreements with other states as of this writing. Return to this page or opt into my text notifications for breaking news about your state.

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