The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) has further extended until April 15 its temporary exemption from state licensing requirements for certain out-of-state medical professionals wishing to practice in Connecticut.
The waiver, which was first announced on March 23, 2020 and then extended on December 22, 2021, applies to healthcare professionals who are licensed, certified, or registered in another U.S. state or territory and in the District of Columbia. The waiver provides a temporary suspension of licensure, certification, or registration to practice in Connecticut applies to physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, registered nurses in licensed practice, to psychologists, marriage and family therapists, clinical and master social workers, and professional counsellors.
The previous waiver expired on February 15.
“We continue to move in a positive direction in terms of hospitalizations, but we must continue to use all resources to optimize staffing in healthcare facilities,” said DPH Commissioner Manisha Juthani. “With healthcare worker shortages still a national issue, this order will provide immediate relief to Connecticut’s healthcare infrastructure by allowing licensed healthcare providers from other states to work in Connecticut immediately. Licensed professions include those providing critical mental health services that are in high demand.