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Positive Shifts in Behavioral Health: Professional Licensing Compacts

Jul 12, 2023 11:52:21 AM / by Jason Batten, LPC, ALPS, AADC posted in Addiction, access to healthcare, expanding access, addiction counseling


The behavioral health industry is facing a workforce shortage. As behavioral health problems are becoming less stigmatized, more people are reaching out to receive care. It is positive news that people are seeking help, however at the same time, meeting the needs of the population is becoming harder to do with existing workforce strategies. There is one growing trend that, coupled with a vibrant telehealth strategy, can improve access to care and strengthen business opportunities. That trend is the move toward professional licensure compacts. One very important compact is known as the Counseling Compact.

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