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Lt. Governor Rutherford Celebrates Major Win for Mental and Behavioral Health Services With 10 States Signing Interstate Counseling Compact

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford today celebrated a major milestone for mental and behavioral health services as the Interstate Counseling Compact is officially enacted in 10 states, including Maryland.

Led by Lt. Governor Rutherford, the Counseling Compact would enable professional licensed counselors to practice across state lines to provide services in other compact states. To date, 10 states have signed the compact into law—including Maryland, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia, Utah, Maine, Florida, Kentucky, and Nebraska—which allows it to formally take effect. More than 10 additional states have legislation pending to sign the compact.

“Allowing professional licensed counselors to continue to serve their patients, even if the patients move or travel to other states, will help increase access to the vital mental/behavioral and substance abuse disorder treatment that is desperately needed to address the well-being of Marylanders and all citizens throughout the United States,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “I will continue to support this compact until it is enacted in every state across the country.”

In 2021, Governor Larry Hogan signed into law a measure to make Maryland one of the first two states to become a member. This legislation was a recommendation of the Commission to Study Mental and Behavioral Health in Maryland, chaired by Lt. Governor Rutherford, and supported by the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors of Maryland.

Lt. Governor Rutherford successfully won passage of a resolution by the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association to promote adoption of the compact. Established by the American Counseling Association, the compact will enhance licensure portability for practitioners wishing to practice across state lines while allowing state boards to protect patients through enhanced sharing of licensure information.