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About HRSA

The Health and Resources Service Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, focuses on improving access to health care by identifying needs within the workforce of health care professions and providing health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.

About Compacts

  • Compact – A compact is similar to a contract in that it creates a legally binding agreement among the states that have enacted the compact legislation. Compacts can be used to address any issue where coordination between states is needed such as boundary issues, manage shared resources, etc.
  • Why occupational compacts are important – These compacts provide policies to help professions improve licensure portability. This type of compact establishes uniform standards, enhances public protection and preserves a state’s practice act and initial licensure process while reducing barriers to multi-state practice.

Compact Status Definitions

  • Developmental – The compact has been created but does not have the required number of enacted jurisdictions to establish the Commission.
  • Implementational – The compact has been created, required number of states have enacted the compact and is working on necessary mechanisms to become operational.
  • Operational – The compact has been created, the required number of states have enacted the compact, and the ability to practice under the authority of the compact is established.