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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Licensure and certification of health professionals

Community Health Worker (CHW) Certification and Training: A National Survey of Regionally and State-Based Programs
Provides a national overview of state policy and state involvement in more formal training and certification of community health workers. Analyzes the potential effects of these policy trends.
Author(s): Marlynn L. May, Bita Kash, Ricardo Contreras
Date: 05/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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State Licensure Laws and the Mental Health Professions: Implications for the Rural Mental Health Workforce
Examines licensure statutes and administrative rules for social workers, psychologists, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in the 40 states that have at least 10% of the population living in rural areas. Covers scope of practice, training and supervision, and reimbursement.
Additional links: Executive Summary, May 2002
Author(s): David Hartley, Erika C. Ziller, David Lambert, Stephenie L. Loux, Donna C. Bird
Date: 10/2002
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Practice Information by State: What You Need to Know About NP Practice in Your State
Provides details about nurse practitioner (NP) practice in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and select territories. Includes information on signature authority and the number of continuing education hours required for licensure.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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Nurse Practitioner State Practice Environment
Interactive map providing an overview of nurse practitioner (NP) licensure for all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and US. territories. Shows states and territories in which NPs are permitted full, reduced, or restricted practice, and provides definitions of these terms.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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The EMS Compact
Information on the agreement enabling emergency medical service (EMS) personnel licensed in Compact member states to cross state borders to practice and work in other Compact states without getting an EMS license in the remote state. Describes ways in which this agreement may enhance communities' responses to COVID-19 when local resources are reduced. Includes a map showing locations of EMS Compact states and contact information for each member state's Compact Commissioner.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Interstate Commission for EMS Personnel Practice
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Scopes of Practice for Behavioral Health Professionals
Tool for finding state-by-state characteristics of the behavioral health professional workforce, including credentialing requirements and services they are allowed to perform.
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center
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State Licensure for International Dentists
Provides information on the state licensure process for dentists who were educated outside the United States and Canada and wish to obtain a state dental license in the U.S.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Dental Association
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