(Feb. 8) – Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet’s bill to allow interstate delivery of mental health counseling and make psychological services far more available to rural Coloradans sailed through the House Health, Insurance & Environment Committee today.

HB18-1017, sponsored by Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City, would bring Colorado into an interstate compact called PSYPACT. The compact would:

  • Make continuity of care easier when a patient relocates or travels
  • Provide a mechanism for psychologists to practice electronically across state lines
  • Certify that psychologists meet acceptable standards of practice, including knowledge of best practices for electronic delivery of care
  • Promote cooperation and communication between compact states in areas of licensure and consumer complaints while also offering protection to consumers

“PSYPACT is another important step in advancing the practice of telehealth and expanding access to care for Coloradans, especially rural Coloradans,” Rep. Michaelson Jenet said.

The Health, Insurance & Environment Committee voted 11-1 to advance HB18-1017 to the Finance Committee.

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