Missouri adopts physician, counselor, and social workers compacts


Legislation signed in Missouri adopts the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, the Counseling Interstate Compact, and the Social Worker Licensure Compact. The legislation also encompasses provisions allowing qualified first responders to obtain and administer naloxone or "any drug or device approved by the FDA to block the effects of an opioid overdose." A Health Professional Loan Repayment Program is established for health professional students in exchange for serving in an area of defined need. The act reduces some requirements for APRN collaborative practice agreements. The legislation also allows physical therapists with certain eligibility to initiate treatment without a prescription or referral.

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