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New Hampshire Becomes Fifteenth State to Sign Interstate Counseling Compact into Law

Jun 29, 2022
The American Counseling Association and licensed professional counselors nationwide are celebrating the signing of New Hampshire Senate Bill 397 in support of the Counseling Compact, which will authorize counselors to practice across state lines once enacted.


The dream of many licensed professional counselors to practice across state lines moves toward reality as Governor Christopher Sununu signed into law his state’s Counseling Compact legislation. 

This milestone marks the fifteenth state to sign the Counseling Compact into law, allowing professional counselors licensed and residing in a compact member state to practice in other compact member states without the need for multiple licenses.  

“With New Hampshire signing on to the Counseling Compact as our 15th state, ACA has exceeded its expectations at what we thought could be accomplished this year,” said Richard Yep, ACA CEO, “Without a doubt, the swiftness with which the Counseling Compact has been enacted indicates that public policymakers understand how this legislation will fill critical mental health service gaps for their constituents. ACA applauds the foresight and compassion of the 15 state legislatures and governors who have approved the Counseling Compact.” 

Funded and created by the American Counseling Association, the Counseling Compact was finalized in December 2020 and has now been passed by the legislatures in Georgia, Maryland, Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia, Utah, Maine, Florida, Kentucky, Nebraska, Tennessee, Colorado, Louisiana, Ohio and New Hampshire. Currently, the Counseling Compact has been introduced in 21 states this legislative session.  

Compacts provide a pathway for counselors to move seamlessly from one state to another through an agreement among states to recognize another state’s license. Previously, counselors have had difficulty transferring their licenses from one state/jurisdiction to another because of the independent nature of jurisdictional licensing rules and regulations. There was little consistency regarding the requirements for licensure and these varying requirements make it difficult to transfer one’s license.  

The Counseling Compact enables professional counselors who meet uniform licensure requirements to quickly obtain a privilege to practice, which is equivalent to a license to practice counseling in another state.   

For more information, please visit CounselingCompact.org 

 

Below are a few resources from ACA.

ACA Support Access to Mental Health Services for Seniors

ACA Medicare MH Coverage Gap-Executive Summary DRAFT

How to Advocate.pdf

SDCA, SDSCA, and SDMHCA is not always at liberty to take a stance on all issues, we do encourage our members (and really all citizens) to become informed and to share their viewpoints with their elected officials. We encourage you to take part of any open forums in your areas as well, as this is a great way to be heard on a local level.

Please see the following links for contact information as well as tips for reaching out to senators and representatives. 

We sincerely thank you for your advocacy efforts.
SDCA Executive Committee

For current national issues and what you can do to help go to: https://www.counseling.org/government-affairs/public-policy. This is available to ACA members and non-members alike. Check out information regarding:

  • Medicare Coverage of LPCs.
  • Mental Health Providers in the VA.
  • Reducing student to counselor ratios through the Student Support Act.

For information about the US Congress and the national legislative process, go to Congress.gov at http://beta.congress.gov/ and find out how:

  • To search bills by topic, bill number, or title.
  • To locate updated contact information for our Senators and Representatives.

Please feel free to contact your Government Relations Committee with questions or concerns.