The Counseling Compact is an interstate compact allowing professional counselors, who are licensed and reside in a compact member state, to practice in other compact member states without the need for multiple licenses. An agreement that permits both telehealth and in-person practice between participating states, the Counseling Compact works with universal license recognition laws to expand license transferability and simplifies the communication and exchange of information, including verification of licensure and disciplinary sanctions.

Watch this installment of Madaket Minute to learn more about the participating states so far and how the Counseling Compact helps meet increased patient demand across state lines.

Read the “The Counseling Compact’s impact on licensing” video transcript below and subscribe to Madaket Health on YouTube.

Video Transcript: 

Hi! Rebecca here from Madaket Health. Today, I’m going to be talking to you about the Counseling Compact on this installment of the Madaket Minute.

So historically professional counselors have only been able to practice in the state that they’re licensed in, meaning there’s no reciprocity between states. This has become a challenge for counselors who happen to move states or want to continue practicing in a teletherapy capacity across state lines. So, some states have gotten together and joined what’s called a Counseling Compact. Basically, it’s a contract among states that allows counselors to practice in other member states without the need for multiple state licenses. This increases patients’ access to care and gives counselors the flexibility to provide services across the country without the upkeep of multiple licenses.

As of August 2022, the current states that have signed this legislation to join the Compact include Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Maryland, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia. There are many other states that are pending legislation as well.

I’d love to hear any comments you have on the Counseling Compact and how you think it can impact access to care across the counseling field.

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