Michigan Joins Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact

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capitol buildingMichigan officially joined the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) March 29, creating an expedited pathway to licensure for psychologists who wish to practice telemedicine services across state lines. To date, 36 states are authorized to join the PSYPACT.

The interstate compact license is voluntary for both the state and physicians and does not supersede or change Michigan’s medical practice standards. Participating states retain the authority to issue licenses, investigate complaints and discipline physicians practicing in their state. The compact applies to the delivery of psychological services through telecommunications technologies and only allows for temporary in-person telepsychology across state boundaries for 30 days in a calendar year.

The MHA testified in support of entering the PSYPACT. Michigan’s authorization to join the interstate compact became effective under Public Act 254 and 255 of 2022. The MHA support is based on an analysis that joining PSYPACT will increase the availability of telehealth services and give patients in rural and underserved communities more access to psychology services.

Psychologists and others wishing to learn more about the compact license requirements can find information on the PSYPACT website or by reaching out to Michigan’s Bureau of Professional Licensing.

Members with questions may also contact Sean Sorenson at the MHA.