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New Law Aims to Boost Access to Psychology Services


A new law authored by Senator Judy Ward (R-30) will expand Pennsylvanians’ access to psychology services by allowing telepsychological practice across state lines.

Act 19 of 2020 will allow Pennsylvania to join the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT), which is already authorized by 12 other states. The law allows licensed psychologists to apply to practice telepsychology and conduct temporary in-person, face-to-face practice in other states in the compact.

Each state has its own set of laws governing the practice of psychology, making it “difficult for a psychologist to ob...

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