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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 Grants Support ASPPB Programs and Services. Since 2012, ASPPB has received $2 million in grant funding from HRSA’s Office for the Advancement of Telemedicine to support the implementation of ASPPB’s universal application and credentials verification service called PLUS and the development and implementation of the telepsychology compact called PSYPACT. 

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.  More information about the PLUS can be found HERE.

PSYPACT is an interstate compact between states designed to regulate telehealth and temporary in-person, face-to-face practice of psychology across state lines. An interstate compact is a contract between two or more states. It carries the force of statutory law and allows states to perform a certain action, observe a certain standard or cooperate in a critical policy area. PSYPACT addresses the issues surrounding the ethical and legal practice of telepsychology. More information about PSYPACT can be found at www.psypact.org.

In May 2019, ASPPB was notified that it had been awarded a new HRSA federal grant to address the regulatory research needs of the profession of psychology. The new grant will provide nearly $1.25 million over the next five years in federal funding for the establishment of a psychology licensure focused research center, The Centre for Data and Analysis on Psychology Licensure. The primary purpose of the Centre for Data and Analysis on Psychology Licensure is to support psychology licensing boards in making informed licensure decisions through consistent data gathering, analysis and reporting.

For additional information, please contact Janet Orwig, ASPPB Associate Executive Officer Member Services, at jorwig@asppb.org or call 678-216-1188

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