Call for comments: Proposed endorsement of ASPPB’s Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT)
The Board of Professional Affairs (BPA) seeks member and public comments on the Proposed APA Endorsement of ASPPB’s Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT). Developed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), this compact intends to “facilitate telehealth and temporary face-to-face practice of psychology across jurisdictional boundaries” (ASPPB Press Release, Feb. 23, 2015). The deadline for submitting comments is June 25, 2015.
At present, BPA is facilitating additional board and committee review, along with a 60-day public comment period on this item, in accordance with APA Association Rule 30.8 Standards and Guidelines. Once this review is completed, BPA will offer its recommendation on endorsement, along with recommendations and comments received from other individuals, groups and stakeholders, to the APA Board of Directors, Council Leadership Team and Council of Representatives for further consideration at their August 2015 meetings.
This initiative was developed by the ASPPB Telepsychology Task Force after consideration of feedback from the ASPPB member jurisdictions and other relevant stakeholders over the past several years.
An interstate compact is an agreement between states to enact legislation and enter into a contract for a specific, limited purpose or to address a particular policy issue. Compact agreements are unique in their duality as statute and contract. Once a state ratifies a compact, the provisions of the compact take precedence over conflicting state laws. In the months ahead, ASPPB will be working with the Council of State Governments (CSG) to create a resource kit that will serve as an informational document in support of the new interstate compact.
Please review the Comment Form Instructions and the PSYPACT document before offering your comments or recommendation on endorsement. This material, including instructions, review document and background information, is provided in PDF format and may be found on the left sidebar of the electronic comment form.
Note: The document has been made available to APA membership, divisions, and state, provincial and territorial psychological associations for comment.