Senate Approves Bill to Increase Access to Psychology Services

HARRISBURG – A bill that would expand access to psychology services earned unanimous support in the Senate today, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Judy Ward (R-30).

Senate Bill 67 would allow Pennsylvania to join the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) to allow telepsychological practice across state lines. Current law prohibits psychologists from serving patients across jurisdictional boundaries.

Each state has its own set of laws governing the practice of psychology, making it extremely difficult for a psychologist to obtain a license to practice in several states. The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards developed PSYPACT to improve patient access to services by removing red tape that prohibits psychologists from serving patients in other states.

“We have seen incredible advances in technology in recent years, to the point where patients can be instantly connected with providers with the touch of a button. It is time for state laws to keep pace with these innovations,” Ward said. “This legislation will help patients throughout the state, but it is especially important in rural districts like mine where access to psychological services is extremely limited due to a lack of providers.”

Under PSYPACT, licensed psychologists will be able to apply to practice telepsychology and conduct temporary in-person, face-to-face practice in other states in the compact.

Senate Bill 67 was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.


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