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Aug 01, 2017

ACA Staff Attend FTC Briefing on Licensure Portability

Last week four staff members from the American Counseling Association attended a briefing at the Federal Trade Commission on “Streamlining Licensing Across State Lines: Initiatives to Enhance Occupational License Portability.”  Comprised of representatives from nursing, accounting, physicians, teachers, the state compacts organization, and the Department of Defense, the panel spoke about their experiences in establishing interstate compacts, legal professional privilege, and other reciprocity agreements.  The acting chairman of the FTC, Maureen Ohlhausen, spoke about her desire to encourage licensure portability and to work with states that consider changes to laws and licensure procedures. 

The different professions represented have taken different approaches to helping their members work in different states or to move from one to another.  Each encountered different challenges when they began their portability efforts, from state indifference to different state approaches to FBI background checks to loss of income for licensure boards if they begin to simply accept people from out of state.  The Defense Department representative spoke about how his office helps spouses, including counselors, as they travel from a base in one state to a base somewhere else, and what he has learned.

The ACA staff came away better informed about specific approaches to licensure portability as the association develops a portability plan for counseling.

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  1. 3 Art Wagner 05 Sep
    Do you know if social workers were represented at this briefing?
  2. 2 Daniel M Schaefer 06 Sep
    Thank you for addressing this issue
    I moved to Pennsylvania from Ohio and to transfer my license was more work than it needed to be
    We should have the standard requirements nationwide to make it easier 
    Thanks for your consideration
  3. 1 Joyce DeCesare 12 Sep
    Thank you for your continued effort and research. Wishing you much success as you move forward.


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