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Release: Minnesota House Approves PYSPACT Agreement with the Minnesota Senate

Monday, May 17, 2021

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Today, the Minnesota House of Representatives approved bipartisan legislation on a vote of 133-0 that would allow Minnesota to join PSYPACT, an interstate compact under which licensed psychologists may practice telepsychology and conduct temporary in-person psychology across state boundaries.

“I want to thank all the advocates across the state for their support of this important measure to improve mental health access,” said Rep. Kelly Morrison (DFL-Deephaven), chief author of the legislation. “We need more psychologists to meet Minnesotans’ needs and passage of this bipartisan legislation will help ensure patients get the care they deserve.”

To practice telepsychology or temporarily practice face-to-face in compact states, psychologists can apply to the PSYPACT Commission, PSYPACT’s governing body. The compact became operational in 2019 when a seventh state enacted it. Right now, 20 states have enacted the compact, additional states are joining soon, and there is pending legislation to do so in others.

The legislation awaits Governor Walz’s signature.