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What is PSYPACT?

What is PSYPACT, and What Does it Mean for You?

By Cory Mariano, Practice Manager


PSYPACT stands for The Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact. This is a groundbreaking initiative designed to facilitate telepsychology across state boundaries. This compact aims to address the growing need for psychological services, making it easier for licensed psychologists to provide care to patients in different states without the cumbersome process of obtaining licenses in each state. Here, we’ll explain what you need to know about PSYPACT, its participating states, benefits for patients, and the new possibilities it opens for mental health providers.

What Does it Do?

PSYPACT is an interstate compact designed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) to allow psychologists to practice telepsychology or offer temporary psychological services across state lines within PSYPACT-participating states. The compact leverages advancements in telehealth to improve public access to psychological services, ensuring that patients can receive care from psychologists regardless of geographical barriers.

Where Does it Apply?

As of January 2024, numerous states have joined PSYPACT, with others considering legislation to join the compact. States that are currently participating include:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Washington, D.C.
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

This list is continually evolving as more states recognize the benefits of PSYPACT and pass legislation to join. For the most current list of participating states, please refer directly to the PSYPACT website here

How it Benefits You

PSYPACT offers several key benefits to patients within its participating states:

Enhanced Access to Care

Patients in underserved or rural areas can access psychological services from a broader pool of psychologists without geographical restrictions.

Continuity of Care

Individuals moving between participating states or those who travel frequently can maintain continuity in their psychological care.

Specialized Services

Patients requiring specialized psychological services not available locally can access experts across state lines.

PSYPACT represents a significant advancement in psychology, breaking down barriers to access and facilitating a more flexible, patient-centered mental health care approach. By allowing psychologists to provide telepsychology services and temporary in-person care across state lines, PSYPACT ensures that more patients can receive timely, specialized care, tailored to their needs. Here at Elysian, each of our licensed clinical psychologists are licensed with PSYPACT, meaning they can make their skilled services available to a wide variety of clients. As PSYPACT continues to expand, its impact on the mental health landscape will surely continue to grow and offer new opportunities for both patients and providers to connect and thrive.

Disclaimer: the information contained in this blog is for informational purposes only and does constitute or replace personalized medical advice given by a trained mental health professional. Mental health conditions are specific to the individual and therapeutic approaches will vary based on the provider and patient. For more information and to receive a professionally customized treatment plan specific to your needs, please contact us at (571) 620-6181 or fill out an inquiry here.

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