Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists (VACP)

Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists (VACP) is the voice of professional clinical psychology within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its purpose is "the advancement of Clinical Psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare by developing and encouraging high standards of ethics and training; by providing the opportunity for the exchange of experience and research through discussions, presentation and publications; and by educating the public in the purposes and goals of the art and science of the practice of clinical psychology for the promotion of the public welfare.

After a lengthy meeting of the VACP officers and Legislative Committee members, VACP has agreed to support SB 760 which has Virginia entering a "compact" with other participating states to take the responsibility of  telepsychology services by psychologists.  Earlier today, VACP officially advised the patron of the legislation of VACP's support on this measure.

A few years ago, after a survey by VACP members, VACP chose to defer taking a position on  Psypact until more details of the Compact became available.  This year, those details became available, some clarifications addressed, and then VACP agreed to support.

The details of Psypact are too complex to thoroughly cover by email.  But if it passes, in about 2 years, you can apply directly to Psypact, pay your fee, and if accepted, be able to legally provide telepsychology services to a patient located in another State  (in which you are not licensed) which also is in the Compact. 

With VACPs support, we no longer are aware of any opposition to this legislation. 

Once the legislation is enacted, the VACP leadership will address the best way to communicate the specific details of Psypact to the membership.

VACP wanted to bring you this update to keep members informed on issues impacting your practices and your profession.

- Bruce & Bo Keeney, Legislative Counsel for VACP

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