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Wyoming Becomes Eighteenth State to Sign Interstate Counseling Compact into Law

by Danny Le | Feb 23, 2023

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

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

"The Wyoming Counseling Association is so excited and grateful to be joining the Counseling Compact,” said Lindsay Simineo, Executive Director of the Wyoming Counseling Association. “The last few years of work will not just benefit Wyoming providers who will now have the option of license mobility, but also all Wyoming residents with increased access to care."

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, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Delaware, and Wyoming. Currently, the Counseling Compact has been introduced in 22 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.  

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