A state licensure compact allows professionals who are licensed in one state the privilege to practice under the compact without having to become licensed in the other compact state. State compacts help provide continuity of care, portability for individuals who relocate (often), accessibility, choice, and reduces barriers for providers and patients. Physicians, nursing psychologists, and physical therapists have compacts.
The Audiology & Speech Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC) allows for in-person and telehealth services. At the time of writing, Louisiana was the most recent state to discuss the audiology state licensure compact. The Maryland legislature heard the bill in early 2020, but it did not come to a vote before the Legislative Session ended. Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming have already passes legislation. The state licensure compact will be enacted when a minimum of 10 states sign on. The provider’s licensed state and the patient’s location state must both be part of the ASLP-IC. [For example, a provider in West Virginia can legally see a patient in Oklahoma once the ASLP-IC is enacted. However, a provider in West Virginia can NOT legally see a patient in Maryland when the ASLP-IC is enacted since Maryland has not passed the ASLP-IC legislation.]