The Health and Resources Service Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, focuses on improving access to health care by identifying needs within the workforce of health care professions and providing health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.
Licensure Portability Grant Program
HRSA provides grant funding opportunities to improve and expand health care services for underserved populations. In 2011, HRSA released a grant application for the Licensure Portability Grant Program (LPGP) funded by the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT). The primary purpose of the LPGP is to provide support for state professional licensing boards to carry out programs under which licensing boards of various states cooperate to develop and implement state policies that will reduce statutory and regulatory barriers to telemedicine. ASPPB submitted an initial grant application and was awarded the grant in June 2012.The LPGP was reissued in February 2015. ASPPB submitted a grant application and was awarded the grant in July 2015. The LPGP was reissued again in November 2015. ASPPB submitted a grant application and was awarded the grant in May 2016.
ASPPB has used LPGP funding to establish the Psychology Licensure Universal System, or the PLUS. The PLUS is an online system designed to allow individuals to apply for licensure, certification, or registration in any state, province, or territory in the United States or Canada currently participating in the PLUS program. During the application process, documents are compiled and primary source verified by ASPPB. This information is then sent to licensing boards in one, organized, uniform licensure packet to aid boards in reducing the number of hours and resources devoted to collecting application materials. These materials are stored and can be used when applying for licensure in any PLUS participating jurisdiction.
Through continuation of funding from the LPGP, ASPPB plans to further the implementation of the PLUS as well as begin implementation efforts for the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT). PSYPACT is an interstate compact between states designed to regulate telehealth and temporary in-person, face-to-face practice of psychology across state lines. It becomes operational when seven states enact the legislation for PSYPACT.
Through the support of this grant, the PLUS and PSYPACT can provide psychology licensing boards with the technical and legal support necessary to implement a regulatory system that promotes telehealth, licensure portability, and mutual recognition across states while maintaining strong public protection. For additional information, please contact Janet Orwig, ASPPB Associate Executive Officer Member Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678-216-1188.